Jean-Pierre Adams was admitted to the hospital for knee surgery in March 1982 but never recaptured consciousness after a mistake with his administration of anesthetic. The former defender excessively overdosed with anesthesia when he went for a medical procedure to fix a torn tendon.
The tragic story of Jean-Pierre Adams
The defender had sustained a tendon rupture injury and was booked for a medical procedure on 17th May 1982 at the Edouard Herriot hospital in Lyon.
However, trying to lure the player to rest, an anesthesiologist committed a previously mentioned blunder that caused the player to endure bronchospasm. That deprived his brain of oxygen and he in the end slipped into a state of unconsciousness.
Both the anesthetist and the trainee were given one-month suspension sentences and fines of around €750, with Adams staying in the clinic for the next 15 months.
The European soccer star has never woke up from a coma in the last four decades. Until he dies at the age of 73 at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Nimes Hospital in France.
Bernadette Adams: The footballer’s wife on her husband’s accident
Bernadette took care of him for a very long time — turning him to keep away from bed wounds, sitting him up for breakfast, lunch, dinner, giving him his food, making sure that he doesn’t gag, Opening the doors for the helpers/medical caretakers who come three times each day and the physiotherapists who came in for daily workouts.
It’s the beauty of their bond that on the rare events when Bernadette spends a night away from home. Jean-Pierre’s carers notice his mindset appears to change.
The couple previously lived in southern Paris — in Fontainebleu — where Adams was helping the local side succeed its amateur title. Soon after their marriage in 1969; they moved to Nîmes as Jean-Pierre finished the paperwork for the city’s then first division side.
Within two years, Nîmes not only finished runner-up but Jean-Pierre also started playing for France; one of the first black players to do so.
Bernadette Adams is an astounding lady, a delicate yet steely soul who not even once considered winding down her better half’s life support machine in spite of his vegetative state. For forty years, she has gone through consistently focusing on Jean-Pierre.
The sporting Life of Jean-Pierre Adams
After a youth development career with US Cepoy, CD Bellegarde, and USM Montargis. Adam began his senior career at Entente BFN where he played from 1967 to 1970.
Between 1970 and 1973, he joined Nimes, playing 84 matches for them and scoring eight goals. Nice went for his Services from 1973 to 1977. At the club, he played 126 matches and scored 15 goals.
His next career shift was PSG between 1977 and 1979. He played 41 games for them and scored one goal. Adam played 34 games for Mulhouse and Chalon and scored two goals for them. At an international level, he played 22 games for France.
His first competition cap came on 13 October of that year, in a 1–0 home success over the Soviet Union for the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Adams’ last of his 22 appearances happened on 1 September 1976, in a friendly match with Denmark.
Tributes pouring in for Jean-Pierre Adams
Tributes have followed from his previous clubs Nimes, Nice, and PSG, as they all offer appreciation to a pioneer who made a way for French-African footballers.
“He had worn the colors of Nimes Olympique 84 times and formed with Marius Trésor “the black-guard” in the French team. The Club offers its sincere condolences to its loved ones and to its family.” – Nimes.
PSG released a statement echoing similar sentiments, adding that Adams’ “joie de vivre, charisma and experience commanded respect.”