Former France and Paris Saint Germain defender, Jean-Pierre Adams has been in coma for 38 years now after a surgery on him went wrong.
The 72-year-old Jean-Pierre Adams is a Senegalese-French man who was a former footballer who was born on 10 March 1948. During his playing days, Adams played as a centre back.
The defender spent all his playing career in France and played for the likes of Nimes, Nice, Paris Saint-Germain, Mulhouse, and Chalon.
Adams got married to his wife, Bernadette, in April 1969 and they have both have two sons, Laurent and Frederic.
Adams damaged a tendon in his leg while in Dijon for studying and training for a youth coaching role.
He then set off to Lyon to get treatment. He was hospitalized on 17 March 1982, at the Edouard Herriot Hospital in Lyon.
Following an error by his anaesthetist, he suffered a bronchospasm (which causes difficulty in breathing ranging from mild to severe), which starved his brain of oxygen and he slipped into coma.
It’s now 38 years since Jean-Pierre Adams has been in coma and his last words to his wife was ”it’s all fine, I’m in great shape.”
Bernadette, who is Adams wife, have been washing and dressing him since he has been in coma since 1982.
His wife have still not given up on her husband as she still believes that a miracle can still happen.
Although in 2007, Bernadette said, “Jean-Pierre feels, smells, hears, jumps when a dog barks. But he cannot see.”
Despite suffering damage to his brain, one thing that is surprising is that Adams does not age.
In the mid 1990s, when a court of law adjudicated on the case, both the anesthetist and trainee were given one-month suspended sentences and fines that translated to a $815 fine. Bernadette, his wife, has refused to consider euthanasia (which means ending a life to relieve pain and suffering).
According to Bernadette, she said “It’s unthinkable! He cannot speak and it’s not for me to decide for him.”