Former footballer Jean-Pierre Adams dies following 39-year coma.
Jean-Pierre Adams, an ex-footballer who died at the age of 73 after a botched knee operation in 1982, has died, as per his former clubs Nimes Olympique, Paris Saint-Germain, and Nice.
Adams, a towering central defender, began his career at Fontainebleu.
where he helped the local side win the amateur title, before transferring to Nimes to join the city’s first-division team.
Within two years, not only had Nimes finished second.
but Adams had also been selected for the French national team, making him one of the first Black players to do so.
Adams with Marius Trésor joined the “Garde Noire,” or “Black Guard,” with the national squad.
“We knew of Jean-Pierre Adams’ death this morning,” Nimes said on Twitter.
“He wears the Nimes Olympique colors 84 times and formed ‘the black guard’ of the French squad alongside Marius Trésor.” The club extends its heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”
Adams, a Senegal national, went on to play in France’s top league for nine seasons, also representing Nice and Paris Saint-Germain and collecting 22 medals for the French national team.
Nice wrote on Twitter, “Nice was saddened to learn of the passing of Jean-Pierre Adams, who fell into a coma on March 17, 1982.”
“From 1973 to 1977, the former defender donned the Gym’s colors 145 times. OGC Nice shares the anguish of his family who has looked for him for the last 39 years.”
Nice has announced that a homage to Adams would be paid at their home encounter against Monaco on September 19.
Adams is admitted to a hospital on March 17, 1982, for routine surgery on a torn tendon in his knee.
The hospital staff was on strike when the date came.
His wife Bernadette, who looked for Adams at their home through his coma.
told CNN in 2016 that “the female anesthetist was looking after eight patients, one after the other, like an assembly line.”
“Jean-Pierre was overseen by a trainee who was repeating a year and subsequently confessed in court.
‘I was not equal to the job I was entrusted with.'”
Given that it was not a life-saving procedure, that the hospital was on strike, that physicians were unavailable.
and that this lady was responsible for eight patients in two separate rooms.
someone should have contacted me to inform me that the surgery would be postponed.”
They never did, and there were many mistakes made by both the anesthesiologist and the trainee.
Adams had already been poorly intubated, with one tube restricting the way to his lungs rather than breathing them, leading him to be oxygen-depleted, resulting in cardiac arrest.
“PSG has lost one of its magnificent seniors on Monday, September 6th,” PSG said on Twitter.
“From 1977 to 1979, Jean-Pierre Adams donned the Parisian colors as a defender for the Red and Blue and the French squad. The Club extends its heartfelt condolences to his friends and family.”