Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri, has gotten up from a coma after two years, eight months and 19 days.
Abderrahim, the player’s brother disclosed that the 22-year-old woke up and showed signs of life.
It was gathered that the Dutch-Moroccan midfielder collapsed during a friendly match between Ajax and Germany’s Werder Bremen on July 8, 2017 in Austria due to a cardiac arrest, which caused serious brain damage.
However, according to Abderrahim, “It is going well with Appie [Abdelhak]. Yes, what is good? He’s awake, he’s asleep, he’s eating, he’s burping, but he’s not getting out of bed.
“At good times there is a form of communication, then he moves his eyebrows. He just can’t keep it up for long, that seems to be top sport for him. Nouri was at home with his family and ‘aware of where he is’.”
Amsterdam-based Ajax were later forced to admit that their on-field treatment of the player was inadequate. Club doctor Don de Winter was fired.
Winter is believed to have deviated from UEFA’s guidelines, beginning resuscitation attempts too late. Ajax Chief Executive Edwin van der Sar said at the time a defibrillator should “have been used sooner”.
“Had this happened, it’s possible that Abdelhak would have come out in a better condition,” Van der Sar had said in a statement.
“This isn’t certain, but it’s a possibility. We recognise our responsibility and liability for the consequences of this.”