“The patient can be in a state of minimal consciousness for up to 20 or even 40 years.”
French football player Jean-Pierre Adams died recently after 39 years of being unconscious after a coma. He was 73 years old.
Adams, who played 22 matches for the French national team from 1972 to 1976, fell into a coma in 1982 due to the fault of doctors who performed knee surgery on him. First, the anesthesiologist incorrectly calculated the dose of the drug. Then, by a fatal coincidence, one of the tubes stopped ventilating the lungs, and the football player was in a state between life and death. Consciousness did not return to him for decades, and the other day his heart also stopped.
– It can’t be that the athlete has been in a coma for so long. Any coma, which we define as a lack of reaction to external stimuli, lasts up to a maximum of 4 weeks. And then either the person dies, or completely recovers, or goes into a vegetative state, or – into a state of minimal consciousness. The patient can be in a state of minimal consciousness for up to 20 or even 40 years; the vegetative state lasts less – up to a maximum of 10-12 years. And this is with perfect medical care, – the director of the Scientific Center of Neurology commented.