Nouri, Ajax star, wakes up from coma after almost three years

Paola Ditto
Marzo 27, 2020

Former Ajax wonderkid Abdelhak "Appie" Nouri has stunned doctors by miraculously waking up after spending two years and nine months in a coma.

Nouri was considered the next Ajax superstar when he collapsed during a pre-season friendly against Werder Bremen in the Austrian Alps. He required emergency treatment from paramedics on the field and had to be airlifted from the field. After thorough medical tests, it was revealed that Nouri had suffered serious permanent brain damage.

Abderrahim said back then: "He can not walk, can not talk, he does not recognise us, does not know who we are".

The 22-year old is still not completely recovered but is "doing well" in a house specifically built for him.

"He sleeps, he sneezes, he eats, he burps, but it's not like he gets out of bed".

While speaking to Dutch TV show De Wereld Draait Door, Abdelhak Nouri's brother Abderrahim said that since the Ajax player has returned back home, he has shown signs of improvement.

'He has not been home very long, we take care of him there now, I must say that since he is at home it is going much better than before in the hospital.' Abderrahim said. "I think that's what you have to do that, he has to be aware of where he is in familiar surroundings with his family". Nor can he move his arms or speak, why communication is largely done through the eyebrows.

Due to the incident, he was forced to communicate with his eyebrows. We talk to him, take him in conversations and watch football with him. Then he watches. You notice that he likes that very much. Sometimes it's also emotional, but often there is a smile. "It's good for us". That makes you really appreciate a smile.' Appie Nouri's brother added further.

Ajax admitted about a year later that their care for Nouri was "insufficient". "It was awful what happened", manager Erik ten Hag told Fox Sports after clinching the domestic double in May.

"Nouri has always been there [with Ajax]".

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