Galanti allegedly committed “a diagnostic error” by deciding not to carry out further checks despite the ventricular ectopic beats
FLORENCE. Fiorentina captain Davide Astori could have been saved. The heart disease that killed him in the night between 3 and 4 March 2018 while he was in his hotel room in Udine could have been diagnosed, but it was not due to a mistake by the sports doctor, who neglected to carry out some tests in violation of the protocols. sanitary planned. This is what the judge claims in the sentence that sentenced in short for one year in prison, with suspended sentence, for the manslaughter of the football player Professor Giorgio Galanti, at the time the medical director of the Careggi sports medicine center. in Florence.
“With his conduct – says the gup Angelo Antonio Pezzuti in justifying his sentence – the accused prevented the assessment of the disease, having omitted the first necessary act” which would have started a diagnostic process capable of saving Davide’s life Goshawks. The player died of cardiac arrest due to arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, a genetic disease of the muscle.
According to what was claimed in the sentence, Professor Galanti committed “a diagnostic error” by deciding not to carry out further checks despite the ventricular ectopic beats that repeatedly emerged during the annual stress tests to which the Fiorentina captain was subjected. The presence of the extrasystole should have led to a 24-hour Ecg holtel. The examination, according to the experts appointed by the GUP, would not have made it possible to diagnose the disease but would have made it possible to detect further anomalies that would have led to the precautionary suspension of Astori from competitive activity, and to carry out third-level examinations. In the sentence, however, the GUP partially disputes the conclusions of the appraisers themselves.
“The experts – he says – added that the suspension of sporting activity would certainly have slowed the progression of the disease, in any case it would not have ruled out cardiac arrest with certainty”. “This argument – says Pezzuti – does not appear to be acceptable”. “A correct diagnosis – he continues -, carried out at the end of all the necessary investigations, would have involved the installation of a defibrillation system and this would have excluded the death of the player”.
Galanti’s defense lawyer, Siegfried Fenyes, announced his intention to appeal. For Galanti, the Florence public prosecutor also asked for another indictment as part of an investigation born from the death of Astori, relating to the alleged falsification of a medical certificate.
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