Cristiano Ronaldo lures Polish boy out of deep coma
The teenager woke from a three-month coma on hearing TV commentary of Cristiano’s third goal in November’s World Cup Play-Offs.
David Pawlaczyk’s world was turned upside down in August last year. The 14-year-old was riding his bicycle went he was knocked over by a car, suffering multiple, internal injuries. David was rushed to hospital but slipped into a deep coma. The teenager required immediate treatment and his parents frantically searched for a clinic with experience in dealing with coma patients.
After consulting a number of neurologists, David’s parents were told that sound therapy was the only hope of waking their son and were advised to play familiar sounds to him. Football was David’s big passion – he was a huge Real Madrid fan, so his parents started playing radio broadcasts of matches. Three months later, on November 19, David woke from his coma after hearing the broadcast of Cristiano’s third goal in the 2014 World Cup Play-Off tie between Portugal and Sweden.
The story was picked up by Polish newspaper ‘Fakt’ when Cristiano himself got to hear about it, he invited David and his family to the Santiago Bernabéu to watch Madrid’s Champions League quarter final clash with Borussia Dortmund.
“When the newspaper contacted us and told us that we had been invited to Madrid, David burst out crying,” his mother explained.
After the game, Cristiano spoke to David and his family, gave him a hug, signed autographs and gave him a Real Madrid shirt as a gift whilst wishing him a speedy recovery.