Former France footballer Jean-Pierre Adams, born in Senegal, who had been in a coma for 39 years, has died at the age of 73. He was admitted to hospital for knee surgery in March 1982 but never regained consciousness. Between the anaesthetist and trainee, numerous errors were made, causing Adams to suffer a cardiac arrest and brain damage. Adams was discharged from hospital after 15 months and had been cared for at home in Nimes by his wife, Bernadette. This is a life-story. For four decades, she has spent nearly every day caring for Jean-Pierre, changing his clothes, preparing his food, never forgetting to give him presents and often talking to him. The defender made more than 140 appearances for Nice and also played for Paris St-Germain.
Adams started playing with Entente BFN in 1967 as a striker, with whom he was runner-up in the Championnat de France Amateur twice. On 15 June 1972, Adams made his debut for the France national team. Adams and his wife Bernadette were married in April 1969 and had two sons. Nice declared now the club would pay tribute to Adams – who won 22 caps for France between 1972-1976 – before their next home game against Monaco on 19 September.