Tuesday, September 7, 2021

French Soccer Star Jean-Pierre Adams Dies After 39-Year Coma

 French soccer star Jean-Pierre Adams, who spent 39 years in a coma following a botched knee surgery, has died at the age of 73.The central defender's former club Nimes Olympique confirmed the news.


Adams entered Lyon Hospital in 1982, at age 34, to undergo knee surgery to repair a tendon he had damaged during a coaching training camp. On the morning of the operation he told his wife, "It's all fine, I'm in great shape," according to the outlet, but during the procedure problems with his supply of anesthetic left him in a persistent vegetative state. 

"The female anesthetist was looking after eight patients, one after the other, like an assembly line," his wife Bernadette, told CNN in 2016. "Jean-Pierre was supervised by a trainee, who was repeating a year, who later admitted in court: 'I was not up to the task I was entrusted with.' Given it was not a vital operation, that the hospital was on strike, they were missing doctors and this woman was looking after eight patients, in two different rooms, someone should have called me to say they were going to delay the operation."

That did not happen and numerous mistakes led to Adams' coma. He was pronounced dead on Sept. 6, 2021, at the Nîmes University Hospital in France.

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