Maradona’s doctor’s home, office searched; he says ‘nothing to hide’

The footballing had a heart problem that can happen in a patient like him. Everything possible was done to reduce that chance, he did the best he could, Dr Leopoldo Luque said

Diego Maradona started his career with Argentinos Juniors in 1976, and went on to play for Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla, and Newell's Old Boys. Photo: FIFA TV

Diego Maradona’s personal doctor is being investigated over the treatment that the Argentine football legend received. His house and office were searched by police, and he insisted that he has “nothing to hide”.

Maradona passed away at the age of 60 on Wednesday (November 25) after a heart attack at his home near Buenos Aires. Earlier this month, the doctor had said Maradona underwent a successful brain surgery for blood clot.

On Saturday, as part of the same investigation, three of Diego Maradona’s daughters — Dalma, Gianina and Jana — testified in court, CNN reported, quoting two sources. No charges have been filed against anyone relating to Maradona’s death, the report added.

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On Sunday (November 29), Dr Leopoldo Luque was quoted as saying in the media, “We tried to keep him in the clinic, but it is not a rehab centre. I extended the hospitalisation as long as I could. I am at the disposal of the justice department. With Diego, I did the best I could. I am proud of what I did. I have nothing to hide.”

“We were all gathered to see the best for Diego: the doctors, myself, his family. Nothing could be done without his will,” Dr Luque said. “We sought to put together a containment scheme for the issue of the pills he was taking and to control alcohol consumption.”

He said there was no “doctor error”. “There were no medical criteria (to keep Maradona in hospital). We could have taken him to a rehabilitation centre, but we needed Diego’s okay. It was his decision. Here, there are no decisions, there are medical criteria. When you operate on a patient, the discharge criteria depend on the patient. There wasn’t a doctor error.

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“He had a heart problem that can happen in a patient like him. Everything possible was done to reduce that chance, but you cannot block the possibility,” he added.

Dr Luque said he had the support of the Argentine Society of Neurosurgery. “I had the full endorsement of the Argentine Society of Neurosurgery that Diego needed the surgery. Six doctors evaluated him. Death had nothing to do with (the surgery).”

Dr Luque added: “He was discharged after surgery. The ideal thing would have been for him to undergo rehabilitation, but he did not want to. We managed to get a nurse to accompany him, but he had the medical discharge.”

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