Ajax AFC footballer Abdelhak Nouri has been shifted to his home after being woken up from a coma. Nouri, a talented midfielder, suffered a cardiac arrhythmia attack on the pitch in July 2017 following which he was put into induced coma. Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: UEFA Postpones All Next Week's Champions League and Europa League Games
The doctors, who had tried stabilising him, later concluded his brain suffered extensive damage.
The 22-year-old did wake up a year later but was unable to move or communicate on his own.
The Dutch footballer’s brother Abderrahim Nouri gave a positive update on Abdelhak’s health saying he’s recovering well and aware of his surrounding even though he continues to be bedridden.
“He has not been home very long, we take care of him there now,” Abderrahim was quoted as saying by goal.com. “I must say that since he is at home it is going much better than before in the hospital. He is aware of where he is, he is back in a familiar environment with his family. He’s no longer in a coma. He’s just awake.”
“He sleeps, he sneezes, he eats, he burps, but it’s not like he gets out of bed. He’s very bedridden and still very dependent on us. On his good days, there is a form of communication, for example, confirmation with his eyebrows or a smile. But you notice that he can’t last that very long. We talk to him like he’s not sick. We take him into our conversations and we watch football with him in the living room, for example,” he added.
Abdelhak made his Ajax debut aged 19 in September 2016 and had nine competitive appearances for the senior team before collapsing during a friendly against German club Werder Bremen.
Ajax had admitted their club doctor did not follow the UEFA protocol and began resuscitation too late. He was relieved of his duties with chief executive Edwin van der Sar saying the footballer would have been in a much better shape had a defibrillator been “used used sooner”.