Former French footballer Jean-Pierre Adams, who had been in a coma for 39 years, has died at the age of 73.
Adams was admitted to the hospital for knee surgery in March 1982, but never regained consciousness after an error with his anesthetic supply.
Born in Senegal, the defender has made more than 140 appearances for Nice and has also played for Paris St-Germain.
In a report, PSG said Adams’ “joie de vivre, charisma and experience commanded respect”.
Nice said the club would pay tribute to Adams – who won 22 caps for France between 1972-1976 – ahead of his next home game against Monaco on September 19.
Adams also made 84 appearances for Nimes, who said they addressed their “most sincere condolences to his close relations and his family”.
On the day of Adams’ operation to repair a damaged knee tendon – suffered during a training camp – many members of the Lyon hospital staff were on strike.
Her operation still continued, with the anesthesiologist attending to eight patients, including Adams, at the same time. Adams was supervised by an intern, who later said: “I was not up to the task given to me.”
Many mistakes were made between the anesthesiologist and the intern, resulting in cardiac arrest and brain damage for Adams.
It was not until the mid-1990s that the anesthesiologist and the trainee were sanctioned: one month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 750 euros.
Adams was released from hospital after 15 months and has been treated at home in Nimes by his wife, Bernadette, since then.
Piers Edwards, BBC Sport Africa
Bernadette Adams is a remarkable woman, a gentle but steely soul who never considered shutting down her husband’s survival machine despite his vegetative state.
For four decades, she spent almost every day looking after Jean-Pierre, changing his clothes, preparing his food, never forgetting to give him gifts and talking to him often too.
The response was of course the silence of a man once described as “larger than life” (and whose skills were highly regarded by German football legend Franz Beckenbauer), but nurses reported slight changes in mood. on the rare occasions when Bernadette was away for a night or two.
I visited the Adams house in the south of France in 2016, after which Bernadette explained that the hospital never apologized for an accident that she couldn’t help but think about every day.