Ex-Ajax Star Abdelhak Nouri Wakes from Coma After 2 Years and 9 Months

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2020

FILE - This is a Tuesday, May 23, 2017  file photo of Ajax's Abdelhak Nouri as he kicks a ball during a training session at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri who collapsed due to an irregular heartbeat during a friendly game in Austria on Saturday July 8, 2017 has suffered
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Former Ajax player Abdelhak Nouri has awoken from a coma after two years and nine months, according to the Dutch site AD (via beIN Sports).

The 22-year-old initially suffered a cardiac arrhythmia attack on the pitch during a July 2017 friendly, causing brain damage while leaving him in a coma. 

It took about seven minutes after Nouri had collapsed for medics to act, per Martin Mazur of BBC Sport. He was taken to hospital, where it was later revealed he had suffered serious brain damage.

Ajax later admitted in a statement that the on-field treatment was "inadequate."

"We recognize our responsibility and liability for the consequences of this," the club said.

Nouri has now emerged from his comatose state, although he can only "eat, sleep and frown" while remaining heavily dependent on care.

Nouri was considered a promising prospect for the Dutch club, making his way to the senior team at just 19 years old while appearing in 15 matches for Ajax.

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