Thursday, September 23

Nurse to tell prosecutors Maradona barred her from treating him

Dahiana Gisela Madrid, 36, is one of seven people under investigation for manslaughter

A nurse accused of neglecting Diego Maradona during the last days of his life will tell prosecutors the football icon wouldn’t let her check up on him, her lawyer said on Wednesday.

Dahiana Gisela 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”.

The football legend died of a heart attack last November at the age of 60, just weeks after undergoing brain surgery for a blood clot.

Arriving at the public prosecutor’s office in San Isidro, on the outskirts of the capital Buenos Aires, Madrid’s lawyer said his client would repeat what she has already told investigators, that she was merely following orders.

“Madrid was following the indications of the treating doctors,” Rodolfo Baque told reporters.

“All of Maradona’s entourage knew that she wasn’t allowed to check on him because he’d barred her just like he’d done with the other therapeutic assistants.”

Madrid was Maradona’s daytime nurse and one of the last people to see him alive.

An investigation was opened following a complaint filed by two of Maradona’s five children against neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, whom they blame for their father’s deteriorating condition after the brain operation.

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