A lawyer for a nurse under investigation in the death of Argentine football great Diego Maradona said Wednesday that doctors killed him through negligence.
“They killed Diego," attorney Rodolfo Baque told reporters after his client, nurse Dahiana Gisela Madrid, was questioned by prosecutors.
Maradona died of a heart attack last November at the age of 60, weeks after undergoing brain surgery for a blood clot.
Madrid, 36, is one of seven people under investigation for manslaughter after a board of experts looking into Maradona’s death found he had received inadequate care and was abandoned to his fate for a “prolonged, agonizing period."
Baque insisted it was the doctors treating Maradona, not his client, who were to blame for his death.
He said Maradona was being treated for heart trouble but at the same time was on psychiatric medication that sped up his heart rate.
Also, Maradona fell while in the hospital and when Madrid asked to have a CAT scan done on him, an aide to Maradona refused, arguing that if the press found out it would look bad, Baque said.
“In the end, there were many warning signs that Maradona was going to die, give or take a day. And none of the doctors did anything to prevent it," Baque said during a break in the interrogation of Madrid, which went on for more than eight hours.