A Dutch footballer and Ajax star player, Abdelhak Nouri is now awake after being in a coma for two years when he collapsed in a pre-season friendly match in 2017. His family says he is doing well and can react to watching football on the TV
Nouri who was left in a coma after collapsing on the pitch is ‘doing well’ on his road to recovery – and can even react to watching the sport again, his loved ones say.
Abdelhak ‘Appie’ Nouri sustained permanent brain damage after suffering a cardiac arrhythmia attack in a pre-season friendly match with German outfit Werder Bremen in July 2017.
The 22-year-old player was in a coma for years but is now recovering in a house built especially for him, where he ‘sleeps, eats, frowns and burps but is very dependent,’ according to Dutch website AD.
Nouri’s brother Abderrahim said the pair communicate through raising their eyebrows but the promising midfielder also physically reacts when watching football on television.
His father Mohammed told the site the family had been through a ‘serious ordeal’, adding that ‘We have to take care of him at our very best. We try to do alot ourselves.’