Boy in Month-Long Coma Wakes Up, Asks If Juventus Still in Champions League

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterJune 1, 2015

TURIN, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Carlos Tevez of Juventus celebrates as he scores their second goal from a penalty during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Juventus and Real Madrid CF at Juventus Arena on May 5, 2015 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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A 14-year-old boy has survived an extraordinary ordeal, which saw him spend more than 40 minutes trapped underwater and a month in an induced coma—and top of his priority list upon waking was to find out if Juventus were still in the Champions League.

Italy's Milan Chronicle (via Victoria Richards of the Independent) reports that he and five friends jumped off a bridge into a canal near Milan. Stuck in the canal, his heart stopped. Remarkably, he showed no signs of brain damage and not only woke up but wanted to know what was happening in football.

After four weeks in hospital in San Raffaele, he is said to have woken, spoken to his parents and asked whether his favourite football team, Juventus, was still in the Champions League.

Juventus were not among the favourites to go deep into the tournament, but they ousted Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Real Madrid in the knockout rounds to reach the final.

Presumably, the boy, named only as "Michael" in the Italian press, will now be able to see his team in action in Saturday's final against Barcelona.

[Milan Chronicle; h/t Independent]

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