Thursday 22 August 2019

Surviving Chapecoense player with memory loss not told about disaster by doctors

Psychologist have decided to withhold information from Neto until he is in a stable condition

Neto has been in a coma for two weeks after the accident. AFP/Getty Images
Neto has been in a coma for two weeks after the accident. AFP/Getty Images

Jack Austin

A surviving member of Chapecoense, the team decimated by the tragic Colombian air disaster two weeks ago, has awoken from a coma with no memory of the accident and asked a doctor about the result of the game.

Neto was one of only six survivors of the crash which claimed 71 lives in the hills near Medellin in November, 19 of which were Chape players.

Upon gaining consciousness, Neto asked his doctors the result of the final of the Copa Sudamericana against Atletico Nacional, who they were travelling to Colombia to play against, and why he was unable to play in the game.

Due to the 31-year-old’s condition, which is preventing him from leaving hospital to return to Brazil for the time being, doctors and psychologists have decided to withhold informational about the crash from Neto until he is stable.

"There is a recommendation from the psychologist not to tell him, and to avoid an emotional shock that would be detrimental to his clinical recovery at this time," doctor Carlos Mendoca said. "We are waiting for a more informed opinion from the specialist."

The other two surviving Chapecoense players returned to Brazil on Monday.

The club were posthumously named Copa Sudamericana champions at the request of their Colombian opponents while goalkeeper Danilo, who died in the crash, was named Brazil’s player of the year.

Danilo gained 48 per cent of the fan vote after his last-gasp save sent Chape into the final of the Copa Sudamericana.

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