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Jonathan Richter

Personal information
Date of birth16 January 1985(age 31)
Height1.78 m
Playing positionMidfielder

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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 twin brother of teammate Simon Richter.

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 (118.8 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 29th 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.

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.

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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