Former Paris Saint-Germain player Jean-Pierre Adams is still in a coma, 39 years after receiving aesthetic prior to a knee operation.
Adams’ career was going well, he had played more than 120 times for Nice and had spent three seasons at PSG, as well as 22 appearances for the French national side.
After spending the entirety of his career in France, he retired in 1981 after a brief stint with local amateurs FC Chalon.
But just a year later, his life was cruelly derailed after a botched operation on his knee.
Adams was scheduled to go under the knife after rupturing a ligament in his knee, but the anaesthetist made a crucial error and the then-39 year-old suffered a bronchospasm.
His brain was starved of oxygen, and he fell into a coma.
Adams is yet to wake 39 years later, and lives in a modified bed normally found in a hospital, according to Sport Bible.
His wife, Benadette, has remained by his side throughout the entirety of his life in the coma, and said last year that she and his two sons continue to bring him gifts for occasions.
She said: “No one ever forgets to give Jean-Pierre presents, whether it’s his birthday, Christmas or Father’s Day.”
Despite being unable to move his body, Adams can still sense when Bernadette is with him, she explained.
On occasion she has to go away, Bernadette revealed that his carers can sense a change in his mood.
“He senses that it is not me feeding him and looking after him,” she added.
“It’s the nurses who tell me, saying he is not the same.
“I think he feels things. He must recognise the sound of my voice as well.”