Former France defender Jean-Pierre Adams has died aged 73 after virtually 40 years in a coma, his former membership Nimes introduced on Monday.
Adams, who made 22 worldwide appearances within the Nineteen Seventies, slipped right into a coma after a mistake by the anaesthetist throughout routine knee surgical procedure in 1982.
The anaesthetist needed to take accountability for eight sufferers that day — most of the employees on the hospital had been on strike — and left a trainee to keep watch over Adams.
Both had been discovered responsible in court docket within the Nineties and acquired a one-month suspended sentence and a 750 euro ($890) tremendous.
“I was not up to the task I was entrusted with,” commented the trainee later.
His widow Bernadette cared for him for the rest of his life following his discharge from hospital 15 months after the operation.
“Jean-Pierre feels, smells, hears, jumps when a dog barks. But he cannot see,” Bernadette mentioned in 2007.
Bernadette, who had two sons with Adams, instructed the BBC in 2016 that regardless of the sentences handed to the anaesthetist and the trainee, the hospital in Lyon had by no means apologised.
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Born in Dakar in 1948, Adams was one of many first males born in West Africa to play for France.
His centre-back partnership with Marius Tresor for France was nicknamed “the black guard” by then French nationwide coach Stefan Kovacs.
“We learned this morning of the death of Jean-Pierre Adams,” Nimes wrote on Twitter, extending their “sincere condolences to his family”.
Adams additionally performed for Nice and Paris Saint-Germain.
Nice tweeted their condolences and mentioned they might pay homage to him earlier than their subsequent Ligue 1 residence match with Monaco on September 19.
PSG additionally tweeted a tribute to “one of its glorious old players” saluting his “joie de vivre” and his charisma.