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Jean-Pierre Adams, a European football star who was in a coma for nearly four decades after a medical procedure was performed, has died.
Paris Saint-Germain, one of Adams’ former clubs, announced his death Monday in a statement published on their website. He was 73 years old.
“His love of life, his personality and his experience quickly gained respect,” the club said.
He also sent his condolences to the family of Adams and his wife, Bernadette, who were caring for Adams at their home on the outskirts of Nimes, in southern France.
According to Paris Saint-Germain, Adams was born in Senegal and left for France at the age of 8. He became a professional in 1970 and played for several clubs for the next decade, including Nîmes.
“The club offers its deepest condolences to his loved ones and to his family,” Nîmes Olympique said in a tweet translated from French.
As a defender for the Blues, the French national football team, Adam has appeared in 22 international matches, according to The Guardian.
Knee surgery causes unconsciousness
In 1982, Adams injured his knee during a training session and went to Lyon Hospital for treatment.
Many hospital workers were on strike at the time, the BBC reported. An anesthesiologist looked after eight patients and Adams was supervised by a student.
Because of several errors in his care, Adams suffered a heart attack and brain damage, leading him into a coma in which he would not be able to wake up.
In the mid-1990s, officials approved a anesthesiologist and a trainee, each offering a one-month prison sentence suspended by a 750 euro fine.