27 March 2020 00:35
Sign up to FREE email alerts from Mirror - football Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Ajax star Abdelhak Nouri has awoken from a coma after two years and nine months. Nouri suffered a cardiac arrhythmia attack in July 2017, causing him to collapse on the pitch. Doctors warned Nouri's family that the Dutchman would never fully recover after he was permanently brain damaged in the incident. Nouri's brother Abderrahim told Dutch TV show De Wereld Draait Door: "He has not been home very long, we take care of him there now. Nouri collapsed to the turf towards the end of a pre-season friendly for Ajax against Werder Bremen.
He was revived on the pitch and airlifted to hospital, but the brain damage left him in a permanently vegetative state, and he is now forced to communicate by raising his eyebrows. Nouri - known as Appie - did not even recognise his family after the incident. Ajax admitted around a year later that their care of Nouri was "inadequate. The club's chief executive Edwin van der Sar said in a statement that Ajax medical staff had spent too long attempting to clear Nouri's airways, and that a defibrillator should have been used sooner. He added that had this have happened, there was a possibility Nouri would have come out the other side of the cardiac arrest in a better state, though it was not certain.
In July 2017, during a pre-season friendly against Werder Bremen, Nouri collapsed on the pitch and suffered a cardiac arrhythmia attack. It was then revealed that Nouri, who has been with Ajax since the age of nine, had suffered serious and permanent brain damage. He was in a coma for two months and nine months but now his brother, Abderrahim, has shed light on the positive progress made. The 22-year old is still not completely recovered but is "doing well" in a house specifically built for him. Now awake, he "sleeps, eats, frowns and burps but is very dependent".
Speaking to Dutch TV show De Wereld Draait Door, via AD, Abderrahim said: "He has not been home very long, we take care of him there now. The two brothers are able to communicate through the raising of eyebrows and Nouri is also responsive to football on the television. Abderrahim added: "On his good days there is a form of communication, for example, confirmation with his eyebrows or a smile. But you notice that he can't last that very long. We take him into our conversations and we watch football with him in the living room, for example. As per teammate Donny van De Beek, Nouri asked for #34 as his Ajax squad number because he wanted to win their 34th league title. "Nouri has always been there [with Ajax]. The boys were like family to him, that hurts incredibly much." The Ajax squad sported tribute shirts to Nouri on the pitch, while his father gave an emotional speech at the celebrations in Amsterdam. Dutch footballer Abdelhak Nouri has reportedly woken up after almost three years in a coma from what was thought to be irreversible brain damage. Nouri collapsed during a pre-season friendly when playing for Dutch giants Ajax against German side Werder Bremen in Austria in July 2017. His heart stopped and although he was revived on the pitch and airlifted to hospital, Ajax at the time said the severe damage to his brain was "serious and permanent" after his heart started working again. GETTY IMAGES Former Ajax footballer Abdelhak Nouri collapsed in 2017. However, Dutch news outlet AD are reporting that Nouri has woken up and he "sleeps, eats, frowns and burps but is very dependent". Nouri's brother Abderrahim told AD the former Ajax midfielder is "doing well" and lives in a house built purposely for him. He also told Dutch TV show De Wereld Draait Door: "He has not been home very long, we take care of him there now. The brothers can reportedly only communicate through their eyebrows but it's a remarkable recovery nonetheless for the 22-year-old, who appeared for Holland at youth levels. Nouri can also watch football again and reacts to it. Then 20, Nouri was placed in an induced coma and his club said there was no chance of a recovery. "The chances of recovery of these crucial brain functions is nil," Ajax's statement at the time said. A Dutch footballer who was left in a coma after collapsing on the pitch is 'doing well' on his road to recovery - and even reacting to watching the sport again, his loved ones say. Ajax's Abdelhak 'Appie' Nouri sustained severe and permanent brain damage after suffering a cardiac arrhythmia attack in a pre-season friendly with German outfit Werder Bremen in July 2017. The 22-year-old was in a coma for months 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. Abdelhak Nouri, pictured for Ajax in a match against Roda, collapsed in July 2017 and was left in a coma for months Teammates, opposition players and medical staff surrounded the injured player, pictured, after his collapse in a pre-season friendly Fans unfurled a huge banner depicting Nouri in his now-famous number 34, pictured, in a series of tributes after the shocking incident 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: 'We have to take care of him at our very best. Nouri's brother Mohammed, pictured, thanks the hundreds of fans who gathered outside his home in Amsterdam shortly after the incident Supporters of all ages, many wearing his distinctive number 34, pictured, gathered to pay tribute to the talented midfielder Nouri's father and brother, pictured centre, appeared on the podium as Ajax celebrated winning the Eredivisie title at the Museumplein in the city centre in May 2019 Meanwhile, Barcelona star and former Ajax teammate Frenkie De Jong revealed how Nouri even played a part in securing his move to the Spanish giants. 'He talked to me a lot in a summer,' he said. To Barcelona?' As soon as she said that, his eyebrow rose. Many of Europe's top players paid a series of tributes to the youngster after his collapse. Friend and ex-teammate Justin Kluivert, pictured, adopted his number 34 when he moved to Italian side AS Roma, and dedicated a goal in the Champions League against Viktoria Plzen to Nouri Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele also paid tribute by sporting boots with the midfielder's name on them, pictured Friend and ex-teammate Justin Kluivert adopted his number 34 when he moved to Italian side AS Roma, and dedicated a goal in the Champions League against Viktoria Plzen to Nouri. Meanwhile, Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele sported boots with the midfielder's name on them. Hundreds of fans also showed their appreciation by gathering outside his home in Amsterdam shortly after the incident, which was met with emotional thanks by the player's relatives. His father and brother then appeared on the podium as Ajax celebrated winning the Eredivisie title at the Museumplein in the city centre last May. Nouri burst onto the scene as a teenager in 2016 and was considered one of Ajax's most talented prospects.