Diego Maradona after Argentina won the 1986 Football World Cup (File Photo, Image credit: The Nation)

Argentine police raids hospital, home of Maradona’s doctor

Police in Argentina raided the clinic and home of Leopoldo Luque, the personal physician of legend footballer Diego Maradona who died on November 25 because of cardiac arrest. The probe was ordered only when Maradona’s three daughters Dalma, Gianinna and Jana raised concerns over the treatment he received for his heart condition at his home in Tigre, north of Buenos Aires.

It needs to be mentioned that Maradona had left the hospital run by Luque, one of his doctors, on November 12, eight days after a surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain. After the operation Maradona received round-the-clock medical care at his home. Maradona was buried at the Jardin de Paz cemetery on the outskirts of Buenos Aires after his death.

Luque had even posted a photograph of himself with Maradona. Luque, when contacted by the media, declined to comment. A family member, on condition of anonymity, said: “The clinic had recommended that he go elsewhere to be hospitalised, but the family decided otherwise. His daughters signed for him to be discharged from the hospital.”

Maradona’s lawyer, Matias Morla, claimed that ambulances took more than half an hour to reach the football legend’s house in response to an emergency call on the day of his demise. Matias wrote on a Twitter post: “The ambulance took more than half an hour to arrive, which was a criminal idiocy.”

According to a preliminary autopsy report, Maradona died in his sleep because of “acute lung edema and chronic heart failure”.

Maradona played a vital role in Argentina’s victory in the 1986 FIFA World Cup. In the quarter finals of the same World Cup, Maradona used his hand to score a goal, which normally amounts to a yellow card. But as the referee did not have a clear view of the play the goal stood and Argentina later won the game. Maradona himself used the phrase ‘The hand of God’ for the event.

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