Former French footballer Jean-Pierre Adams dies after 39 years in coma


Jean-Pierre Adams, former player of the Paris St-Germain football team, has died at the age of 73 after spending 39 years in a coma. File photo courtesy of Paris St-Germain

September 6 (UPI) – Former French footballer Jean-Pierre Adams died on Monday after being in a coma for 39 years.

He went into a coma in 1982 during routine knee surgery. Due to an error in his anesthetic supply, the 34-year-old suffered cardiac arrest and brain damage.

Adams died at the age of 73, Paris St-Germain football team announcement On Monday.

Born in Senegal, Adams played for Paris St-Germain and Nice. He won 22 caps for France between 1972 and 1976. Adams also made appearances for Nimes.

When Adams had surgery to repair damage to his tendon, staff at the Lyon hospital were on strike.

The anesthesiologist who administered Adams poorly was also overseeing the care of eight other patients at the time, and Adams’ operation continued despite the understaffing. Adams’ intern supervised, although he later admitted he was not up to the task.

In the mid-1990s, the anesthesiologist and intern were fined $ 890 and suspended for a month.

Adams was released from hospital after more than a year and was in the care of his wife, Bernadette, until Monday.

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