Nouri, 20, left with ‘serious and permanent brain damage’ after tragic incident
AJAX midfielder Abdelhak Nouri is out of intensive care – but remains under constant watch in hospital, his club confirmed.
The 20-year-old was left with “serious and permanent brain damage” after he tragically collapsed on the pitch in a pre-season friendly nearly three weeks ago.
In a family statement released on the club website, his family confirmed that Nouri is no longer in an induced coma and is breathing unaided.
However, although his condition is stable he has severe and lasting brain damage.
Nouri is currently being treated in a ‘medium care’ ward.
The statement read: “The Nouri family once again thanks everyone who has shown and given support in some way, and asks everyone to continue [praying for] Abdelhak.”
WHAT IS A CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIA?
ALSO known as an abnormal heart beat, an arrhythmia means your heart isn’t beating right.
It can be beating too slow, or too fast or with an irregular pattern, according to the British Heart Foundation.
Your heart has an electrical system that tells it when to beat and push blood round the body.
If there’s a problem with the system you can experience an abnormal heart beat.
It’s normal for your heart rate to vary during the day.
It should be slower when you’re resting, and faster when you’re exercising, walking, or even when you’re anxious or excited.
Signs you could have an irregular heart beat include:
- palpitations – where your heart feels like it’s poounding or fluttering
- feeling like your heart has skipped a beat
If you’re worried visit your GP and they will be able to perform tests, to check you heart.
Nouri collapsed in the game against Werder Bremen on July 8.
He was treated for 10 minutes on the pitch before being taken to hospital by air ambulance and put in an induced coma as doctors rushed to save him.
But after waking up, the youngster now sadly suffered “serious and permanent brain damage” due to a shortage of oxygen.
One of his brothers, Abderrahim, revealed last week that the midfielder can’t walk, talk or even recognise his family anymore, with the chance of recovery virtually nil.
He said: “He cannot walk, cannot talk, he does not recognise us, does not know who we are. He does not feel anything, he does not hear anything.
“The longer you wait, the better they can perform some tests. Yesterday morning the doctors did another test. The base of the brain is mostly damaged and is not functioning.
“According to the doctor he can never do all that again, he will never heal. But I trust Allah. May it be like that in the end I will accept it.
“He is a great guy. Everybody, the whole world, is talking great things about him.
“Our religion teaches us to accept and we pray for his recovery. We are holding now to that lifeline.
“We believe anyway that this life is temporary and that the eternal will follow after, but year, everyone wanted to see him score some goals first.”
Nouri’s sister Ghizlan added: “We keep hoping that one day all will come well with our beautiful Nouri.”
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