A surviving member of the Chapecoense soccer team, decimated by a plane crash two weeks ago on its way to the championship of a South American tournament, awoke from a coma this weekend with no memory of the accident and asked about the outcome of the game, according to the team’s doctor.
Hélio Hermito Zampier Neto, known professionally by the mononym Neto, was one of the six survivors of LaMia Flight 2933 that crashed in the hills of northwestern Colombia Nov. 28 and killed 71 people on board, including 19 of Neto’s teammates.
Upon gaining consciousness after almost two weeks, Neto asked who won the final of the Copa Sudamericana and why he was unable to play, team doctor Edson Stakonski said.
The two additional surviving Chapecoense players, Alan Ruschel and Jackson Follmann, are returning to Brazil today, but Neto’s condition precludes him from leaving San Vicente Foundation Hospital in Rionegro for the time being, according to Stakonski.
Doctors and psychologists at the hospital are withholding information about the crash from Neto, 31, until he is stable.
In addition to the three players, the other survivors of the accident were flight attendant Ximena Suarez, aircraft technician Erwin Timuri and journalist Rafael Valmorbida.