Bedroom where Diego Maradona spent his final daysDecember 3, 2020
A hero’s humble end: The cramped, makeshift bedroom where Diego Maradona spent his final days because he was too frail to make it upstairs to spacious living space
- Maradona left hospital on November 11 following a brain blood clot operation
- He was supposed to sleep in an upstairs room arranged by his daughter Jana
- But he struggled to get upstairs and stayed in a makeshift ground-floor room
This is the cramped makeshift bedroom where Diego Maradona spent his final days – a small ground-floor playroom with a wardrobe doubling up as a door to give him a small amount of privacy in what proved to be the last weeks of his life.
After leaving hospital on November 11 following a brain blood clot operation, Maradona was supposed to sleep in an upstairs en-suite bedroom which his daughter Jana had prepared after signing a £12,000 three-month rental contract.
But the ground-floor room ended up being transformed into a substitute bedroom because of the difficulty he had getting up stairs following his surgery.
Pictures published by Argentinian media showed a wardrobe had been dragged into the space between the emergency bedroom and the living room.
Maradona, who was 60 when he died last Wednesday from heart failure, did not even have a proper toilet in the makeshift bedroom and made do with a portable orthopaedic loo so he did not have to move too far during the night.
Makeshift bedroom: A wardrobe doubled up as a door to give Diego Maradona some privacy in the cramped quarters where he spent his final days at a rental apartment near Buenos Aires
Empty shelves at the apartment which the football legend’s daughter Jana had arranged after signing a £12,000 three-month rental contract
Maradona (right) three weeks before his death, shaking hands with his doctor Leopoldo Luque following surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain
The pictures also show a TV screen had been moved into the room along with a massage chair.
The cramped playroom contrasted sharply with the spaciousness of the en-suite bedroom, one of four upstairs bedrooms in the house, which had been intended for Maradona.
The garden outside the house, on the gated estate of San Andres north of Buenos Aires, had a basketball hoop nailed to a tree and a portable goal which the former Napoli and Barcelona star was only able to look at because of his mobility problems.
A framed sign above a key holder at the entrance poignantly read in English: ‘Bless this house with love and laughter.’
A video taken by a neighbour days before he died, the last-known footage of the retired footballer, showed him walking with the help of two men either side of him as a third followed behind with a chair in case he got tired.
The lawyer of one of the nurses caring for Diego claimed on Tuesday that he had hit his head in a fall last week but had not been taken to hospital for a check-up.
A bed in the gated estate near Buenos Aires where Maradona was due to stay until the end of January following his brain surgery in November
A view of the water from a window at the Argentinian property, where the football legend died last week, sending the country into mourning for its greatest football genius
Prosecutors are probing whether the soccer legend’s death could have been avoided and searched his personal physician Leopoldo Luque’s home and office on Sunday as part of an investigation into alleged negligence.
Luque mounted a passionate defence of his treatment of the soccer legend after the searches, insisting: ‘If I’m responsible for anything when it comes to Diego, it was loving him, caring for him, improving his life to the end and extending it.’
Maradaona’s lawyer Matias Morla subsequently backed him by saying: ‘I understand and comprehend the work of the prosecutors but only I know, Dr Luque, what you did for Diego’s health, how you cared for him, accompanied him and how you loved him.
‘Diego loved you and as his friend I am not going to leave you alone. You left blood, sweat and tears and the truth always wins.’
The home and office of the former footballer’s psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov was also searched on Tuesday as part of the ongoing investigation.
Maradona’s daughters Jana, Dalma and Giannina are said to have pointed the finger at Dr Luque during statements they gave to investigators on Saturday.
A small kitchen near the makeshift bedroom where Maradona ended up staying after struggling to get up the stairs to the room that had been prepared for him
Inside the property where Maradona spent the final weeks before his death from heart failure which is now being investigated by Argentinian authorities
Maradona had reportedly been prescribed a cocktail of drugs including antidepressants and antipsychotics used to treat bipolar disorder.
Health experts say the cocktail of drugs could have put stress on Maradona’s heart.
An initial post-mortem showed his heart failure caused a pulmonary edema.
Medics are also said to have detected dilated cardiomyopathy, a medical condition in which the heart muscle becomes weakened and enlarged and cannot pump enough blood to the rest of the body.
Pulmonary edema, fluid accumulation in the lung’s tissue and air spaces, are caused by heart problems in most cases.
The rental contract signed by Jana Maradona ran from November 10 to January 31. The $16,000 (£12,000) fee was reportedly paid by Maradona’s lawyer.
A view over a garden which had a basketball hoop and a portable goal at the gated estate of San Andres north of Buenos Aires
A framed sign above a key holder at the entrance read in English: ‘Bless this house with love and laughter’
A key focus of the prosecution investigation is whether home care in the property he died in was appropriate for someone in Maradona’s condition.
His personal physician claimed on Sunday the former footballer should have gone to a rehab clinic to treat his problems with alcohol and pills but refused.
Health experts said before Maradona was released from hospital, an ambulance should be stationed outside the rented house 24/7 in case of problems but the advice never appears to have been heeded.
Mario Baudry, the current partner of Maradona’s ex Veronica Ojeda who was among mourners at his funeral last Thursday, claimed after she gave a statement to investigators earlier this week that the fallen star’s death was ‘avoidable.’
He added: ‘The Monday before he died Diego told Veronica he wanted to see her and she went to the house.
‘There wasn’t a doctor around. Maradona didn’t have a normal toilet in his room. It was a mobile one, like the ones at campsites. And the room was very small.’
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