Ajax player, Abdelhak ‘Appie’ Nouri has miraculously woken up after being unconscious for two years and nine months.
The 22-year-old Dutch ace collapsed on the pitch in July 2017 after suffering a cardiac arrhythmia attack.
The 22-year-old suffered severe and permanent brain damage as a result of the incident.
Nouri is now awake and “sleeps, eats, frowns and burps but is very dependent,” according to his brother Abderrahim.
He said that the footballer is “doing well” and lives in a house specially built for him but still does not get out of bed.
Abderrahim told Dutch TV show De Wereld Draait Door: “He has not been home very long, we take care of him there now. I must say that since he is at home it is going much better than before in the hospital.
“He is aware of where he is, he is back in a familiar environment with his family.
“He’s no longer in a coma. He’s very bedridden and still very dependent on us.”
The pair communicate not through words or signals but through raising their eyebrows.
Perhaps the most heartwarming news of all is that he can watch football again, and even reacts to it.
His father Mohammed said Appie – who joined the Dutch club aged seven – and his family had been through a “serious ordeal”.
He added: “We have to take care of him at our very best. We try to do a lot ourselves.”
The news is all the more incredible given the fact the family said in July 2017 that he had virtually no chance of recovery and was in a permanent vegetative state.