Maradona’s Last Hours: The Final Document

U.S.A.Maradona's Last Hours: The Final Document

It’s been over a year now. Death on 25 November 2020 Diego Armando Maradona It paralyzed the whole world. Time passed so fast that the pain of his absence seems as if it was a thing of the past among his fans, former teammates, friends, family and relatives. His experiences are still fresh in the minds of his fans, with tributes at football stadiums increasing manifold.

Once the news spread and following his public and mass awakening at Casa Rosada, the life of the Villa Fiorito-born star was reviewed countless times, his sporting achievements or tributes paid in his honor, but without any doubt. The last days of his life were the most talked about. Evidence, facts and speculation were gradually revealed and caused astonishment by the unexpected context in which he said goodbye.

Many of the factual issues left over by Pelusa’s death, such as the ongoing legal case and legacy, still remain to be resolved, but there are others, more substantive, within secrecy. For example, under what socio-emotional circumstances did Maradona leave. Did he die alone, as they say? And if so, how lonely were his last days?

in such a way, “The Last Hours of Maradona” is a documentary produced by infobae With the intention of rebuilding – or as close as possible – the end of Diego’s life, from his birthday, through his hospitalization at the Olivos clinic and his operation for a subdural hematoma, until the San Andres neighborhood of Tiger. It was not his last step. Who was with Diego during his last days – or not, how he went through, what affection people were able to give him, and how he had his last conversation with him.

is so Lalo and Rita Maradona -His two brothers-, Hector Enrique and Mariano Israeli -friends like-, Veronica Ojeda -Your ex-partner-, Matias Morla -your attorney-in-fact-, and Gabriel Pellegrino -the president of the Gymnasia de la Plata- gave his testimony, each from his own point of view and from his own place, feeling what he was seeing and acting on Maradona’s journey to its tragic end. All with two points, as contradictory as they are obvious: there was a decline in his spirit and health, but at the same time no one saw the painful epilogue coming.

Absolutely everyone agrees that a turning point in the physical and mental health of the then DT Del Lobo was the mandatory isolation on March 19 of last year by the national government in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Added to the lack of football, without the possibility of meeting loved ones, it was the start of a downhill that became more and more abrupt. “We must bear in mind that the best perfume for Diego is the smell of grass and had he been deprived of it, it must have been very difficult for him,” insisted Enrique.

“All the messages were rejected. I don’t know what could hurt more than seeing Maradona, eating barbecue and talking about those beautiful and not-so-beautiful moments,” El Negro said of the time he tried to approach a former partner. Tried was the cell phone, with which he organized the World Cup 86 in Mexico. Something that, to this day, all members of that squad led by Carlos Salvador Billardo, repeat: the impossibility of speaking or seeing their captain.

Perhaps the first information about what would happen to Diego was given on October 30, the day he celebrated his 60th birthday on the gymnastics court. Before the Tripero game against the Board of Trustees, the broadcast promised a party with Diego as the protagonist. Even Claudio Tapia and Marcelo Tinelli participated as president of the AFA and Professional Football League respectively. But it was far from being a mesmerizing celebration, as the image the coach gave was sad for the fans who were on the other side of the screen, unable to attend due to government restrictions.

“As in the pandemic we were very careful with everything, with Diego we talked about not going to the game and then he appeared on the field alone. He was sad that he could not celebrate the birthday. He said that it was not such a birthday without people. We didn’t see it so well on match day,” Pellegrino said.

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For months alone at home and without the prospect of celebrating his birthday by sitting at a table with all his children, another factor that influenced – or was already influencing – Maradona was the lack of his parents. Donna Tota died on November 19, 2011, while Chitoro left in 2015, something he could never overcome according to his family environment. “From 5 years ago, he was no longer the Diego I knew, my brother, whom I loved,” Lalo explained of what had happened to his brother without his parents.

All that combo exploded on November 3, when it was reported that Maradona would be operated on for a subdural hematoma. And, although the intervention was performed successfully, Diego remained hospitalized and under observation for a week. “Vacation was the last day I saw her. We were talking and she was better,” said Rita, her sister known as Kitty, known in the family as Boss, Because she was in charge of visiting Diego and passing the medical reports to the rest of the relatives.

Already established in his home in Tigre, with the aim of being close to his children and being able to live together in the postwar period, Kitty admits that his brother’s medical recommendations to surround him with so many people have been his cause. Travels were no longer static. To prevent possible infection of coronavirus to people, something they regret to respect today. “I’m sorry I didn’t go, not being allowed to enter to comply. Had I been allowed to, I would have been on the list of people who could enter, that would have been the same”, he gleamed say from.

One of the last people to see Diego alive was his ex-partner Veronica Ojeda, who took Daiguito Fernando to visit his father on Monday 23 November. ,Vanessa Morla called me and asked to pick up DiGito because Diego was alone all weekend. I took him and as he entered the room, Daiguito threw himself to hug his father. they said nice things, they loved each other, They kissed and hugged each other. Diguito is a very affectionate boy. And he was always on top of his father”, he noted, describing the situation, which may have been the last display of affection that Pelusa had received.

“I told him that Diguito needs to see him well, that I want him to be okay. He promised me that he would, that he would take Diguito tomorrow, which would be fine,” he said. However, that meeting never took place. There was a strong storm in and around the city of Buenos Aires that Tuesday, so Ojeda chose not to travel alone by car from his home in Eziza to Tigre, and postponed the meeting to Wednesday. On the same day, at around 12:30, Diego Armando Maradona was confirmed to have died of chronic heart failure, which led to pulmonary edema.

It is impossible to put into words the meaning of his absence to Diego’s surroundings. Just a few words and a sad cry strikes any interlocutor when asked about the death of Maradona or how to commemorate one of the greatest symbols of Argentine history.

This is how Veronica Ojeda decided to lay her shoulder to death the day she heard her son say that he would no longer be able to live with his father.

– My father is gone. He is no more, he has gone to heaven and I am sad.

– Yes, Diguito, dad has gone to heaven … but he will always be with you …

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