Ajax’s Nouri out of coma, but brain dam­age un­changed

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Am­s­ter­dam, Nether­lands - Stricken Ajax mid­fielder Ab­del­hak Nouri, who suf­fered se­ri­ous, last­ing brain dam­age af­ter col­laps­ing dur­ing a friendly, has been trans­ferred out of in­ten­sive care, and can breathe on his own, the club said on Tues­day.

The 20 year old is be­ing cared for at the Aca­demic Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Am­s­ter­dam, where he was brought on July 14 from a hos­pi­tal in Aus­tria.

"He is no longer in an in­duced coma and has full res­pi­ra­tory func­tions," the club said, in a state­ment is­sued in the name of Nouri's fam­ily. But it added soberly that "his con­di­tion fur­ther re­mains un­changed from pre­vi­ous up­dates and is sta­ble, but with se­ri­ous and per­ma­nent brain dam­age."

Trib­utes have poured in from across The Nether­lands and from abroad for the young­ster, af­fec­tion­ately known as Ap­pie, who joined the Am­s­ter­dam club at age seven and was a promis­ing prospect.

Nouri suf­fered ir­reg­u­lar heart prob­lems in a pre-sea­son friendly against Ger­man side Werder Bre­men in Aus­tria on July 8 and col­lapsed. He was re­sus­ci­tated and flown to an Inns­bruck hos­pi­tal by he­li­copter.

At first the news seemed pos­i­tive, but hopes for a quick re­cov­ery were shat­tered when Ajax later an­nounced he had suf­fered mas­sive brain dam­age, most due to a lack of oxy­gen.

Dozens of visi­tors have flocked to the Am­s­ter­dam hos­pi­tal grounds to pay trib­ute to Nouri since he ar­rived back in the coun­try on July 14.

A large hedge 100m from the en­trance is decked with Ajax scarves, flow­ers, po­ems, chil­dren's draw­ings and Ajax shirts bear­ing Nouri's No 34, all ac­com­pa­nied by the slo­gan '#StayStrongAp­pie'.

The young­ster, who broke into the first team last sea­son and had made nine ap­pear­ances in the Dutch top flight, will not be for­got­ten at the Am­s­ter­dam Arena, de­spite not be­ing able to play again.

(AFP)

Scarves, flow­ers, and other items are placed by the hos­pi­tal where the Ab­del­hak Nouri is re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in Am­s­ter­dam, Nether­lands

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