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Jonathan Richter

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Place of birth
Jonathan Richter

FC Nordsjaelland



1.78 m

Playing position

Football player

Jonathan Richter was hit by lighting in a football match, his teammates and the medics are on the field

Date of birth
(1985-01-16) 16 January 1985 (age 36)

Jonti Richter Highlights

Jonathan Richter (born 16 January 1985) is a Danish disabled professional football midfielder, who played for the Danish Superliga side FC Nordsjælland. He is the son of a Gambian father and a Danish mother and the twin brother of Simon Richter.

Jonathan Richter was hit by lighting in a football match, his teammates and the medics are on the field

On 20 July 2009 while playing at Hvidovre Stadion, Richter was struck by lightning which resulted in cardiac arrest. He was put into a medically induced coma and cooled to 34 °C (93 °F) as part of the Danish standard cardiac arrest procedure. As a result of the injuries sustained, Richter was supposed to stay in the medically induced coma until 29 July.
Medical staff at Hvidovre Hospital had hoped to be able to wake Richter from the coma soon after the accident but Richter's recovery was slower than hoped. This resulted in the doctors pushing back bringing Richter out of the coma twice.

Jonathan Richter wearing a red jersey while playing football

Around August 1, Richter was taken out of the coma and on August 2, when doctors removed the last parts of the respirator equipment, Richter started to speak almost immediately. When club owner Allan K. Pedersen called Hvidovre Hospital to check on Richter, Richter himself told doctors to tell Allan K. Pedersen that everything was good.
Doctors are still unable to tell whether Richter's brain has suffered damage and Richter is to remain hospitalized for an indefinite period of time so doctors can make sure his body has recovered from the electric shock.

Jonathan Richter wearing a football jersey on the field

In late August Richter and his medical advisors decided to amputate Richters lower left leg. This has according to medical sources dramatically improved Richters general well-being.

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