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5 Quick Facts About Abdelhak Nouri’s Brain Damage Incident At Ajax

Abdelhak Nouri is a Dutch former professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

Nouri operated primarily as an attacking midfielder, but also played as a winger on certain occasion.

Nouri came to limelight as a youth exponent from the academy at Ajax. And so, he made his professional debut for the reserve side, Jong Ajax, on 13 March 2015.

In 2015, he made his competitive debut for the club in a Europa League match against Scottish club Celtic.

1. Nouri Makes First Team Debut

On 21 September 2016, Nouri made his official first-team debut in a KNVB Cup match against Willem II, and scored a goal.

His exploits for Jong Ajax saw him win the Player of the Year award for the 2016–17 season.  Consequently, the club promoted him to the first team for the next season.

2.  He Collapses During Match Against Werder Bremen

On 8 July 2017, Nouri collapsed during a friendly match against Werder Bremen, due to cardiac arrhythmia.

A trauma helicopter took him to the hospital and his condition became stable.

3. Abdelhak Nouri Suffers Brain Damage

Five days later, Ajax reported that Nouri had suffered severe and permanent brain damage as a direct result of the incident.

4. Nouri Became Able To Breathe Again Unaided

Nouri eventually left intensive care on 25 July 2017, able to breathe unaided, but won’t play football again.

In June 2018, Ajax announced an investigation had found that Nouri received inadequate medical treatment on the field.

So, this prompted a lawsuit from Nouri’s family against Ajax through the Royal Dutch Football Association’s arbitration panel.

The panel stated that a failure to resuscitate him with due haste caused his brain damage.

5. He Finally Awakes From 3-Year Coma

As of August 2018, Nouri was no longer in a coma and is said to be able to recognise and communicate with members of his family by moving his mouth and eyebrows.

In September 2019 Nouri remained in a hospital bed. On 27 March 2020, Nouri’s family confirmed that he had awoken from his coma, returned home to his family and that they were caring for him.

CANDIIDONLINE gathered that a number of Nouri’s former Ajax and Dutch teammates, including Justin Kluivert, Philippe Sandler, Amin Younes, Kevin Diks and Joël Veltman have also adopted Nouri’s shirt number 34 at their new clubs.

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