Former French international, Jean-Pierre Adams passed away at the age of 73, after spending 39 years in a coma. Adams was nursed in a coma by his wife until the day of his death.
Jean-Pierre Adams was born in Senegal before moving to France at the age of eight, there he fell in love with football and played for many clubs including Nice before turning out for PSG.
Adams suffered a damaged tendon in his knee while away on a coaching training trip in the city of Lyon, unfortunately for him the doctors there were on strike. Despite this, he decided to continue with the surgery which was the last decision he would ever make for himself and which would eventually lead to his death.
Due to an anesthetic procedure gone wrong, Adams slipped into a deep coma. The procedure went wrong due to there only being one anesthetist on duty at the time, who had to care for eight patients, including Adams, at the same time. The anesthetist later confessed that, “I was not up to the task I was entrusted with.” The anesthetist was only punished decades later with a one month suspension and a 750 euro fine.
Adams suffered a cardiac arrest and brain damage from the ordeal which lead to him being in a coma for 39 years, even though he was effectively discharged after 15 months.
Since Adams’ passing on Monday many of his former clubs put out statement offering their condolences.
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