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Nouri “doing well” after waking from coma

Ajax’s Abdelhak Nouri, who sustained severe and permanent brain damage after suffering a cardiac arrhythmia attack during a pre-season friendly in 2017, is said to be on the road to recovery.

The 22-year-old was in a medically induced coma for a year but is now recovering in a house specially designed to cater for his needs.

“He has not been home very long, we take care of him there now,” said Nouri’s brother Abderrahim during a special edition of Dutch TV show De Wereld Draait Door.

“I must say that since he is at home it is going much better than before in the hospital.

“He sleeps, he sneezes, he eats, he burps, but it’s not like he gets out of bed. He’s very bedridden and still very dependent on us.

“On his good days, there is a form of communication, for example, confirmation with his eyebrows or a smile. But you notice that he can’t last that very long.

“We talk to him like he’s not sick. We take him into our conversations and we watch football with him in the living room, for example.

“Then he watches. You notice that he likes that very much. He often shows emotions. Sometimes he is emotional, but often there is also a smile.

“That does us good. That makes you really appreciate a smile.”

His father Mohammed added: “We have to take care of him at our very best. We try to do a lot ourselves.”

The Dutch midfielder started his youth career at the Johan Cruyff ArenA and graduated to the senior squad in 2015 before making nine competitive first-team appearances for Ajax.

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