Footballer, Jean-Pierre Adams in Coma for 39 Years Dies

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Jean-Pierre Adams

Former France footballer Jean-Pierre Adams, who had been in a coma since 1982, has died at the age of 73.

Adams had gone to hospital for knee surgery in March 39 years ago but never regained consciousness after an error with his supply of anaesthetic.

Jean-Pierre Adams was born in Senegal and played as a defender. He made more than 140 appearances for Nice and also played for Paris St-Germain.

Adams won 22 caps for France between 1972-1976. He also featured 84 times for Nines.

Most staff at the hospital on the day of Adams' operation in Lyon were on strike. He had gone to repair a damaged tendon in his knee.

His operation still went ahead, with the anaesthetist looking after eight patients, including Adams, at the same time. Adams was supervised by a trainee, who later said: "I was not up to the task I was entrusted with."

Between the anaesthetist and trainee, numerous errors were made, causing Adams to suffer a cardiac arrest and brain damage.

It wasn't until the mid-1990s that the anaesthetist and trainee were punished - a one-month suspended sentence and a 750 euro fine.

Adams was discharged from hospital after 15 months and had been cared for at home in Nimes by his wife, Bernadette, ever since.

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