Fact Check: Abdelhak Nouri DID NOT Just Wake Up From A Coma. It Happened In 2020

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  • by: Rebaz Majeed
Fact Check: Abdelhak Nouri DID NOT Just Wake Up From A Coma. It Happened In 2020 Outdated video

Did Abdelhak Nouri, the former Dutch athlete, recently wake up from a coma? No, that's not true. Abdelhak Nouri woke up from a coma in 2020, and the video circulating on TikTok is old.

The claim that Abdelhak Nouri recently awakened from a coma appeared on a video published by this TikTok account on March 31st (archived here) with the following caption in Arabic: "Thank God. Abdelhak Nouri woke from a coma after three years".

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Wed Apr 12 08:14:32 2023 UTC)

The video was originally published by the official Twitter account of AFC Ajax, the Dutch football club, on July 15, 2017. The tweet carried the hashtag #StayStrongAppie, and showed Nouri's supporters gathered in front of his house as a sign of solidarity when he got injured.

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On March 27, 2020, the online magazine TalkSport published an article titled Abdelhak Nouri: Former Ajax player wakes from a coma nearly three years after collapsing during match, which mentioned Nouri's brother Abderrahim's interview with a Dutch television where he said that his brother was "no longer in a coma."

  Rebaz Majeed

Rebaz Majeed is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. He is a multilingual freelance journalist and researcher. He worked for five years as a reporter for Voice of America (VOANews) in Iraq. Currently, he is pursuing his MA in Interdisciplinary Studies of the Middle East at Free Berlin University. Rebaz brings extensive knowledge and expertise to his role at LeadStories.

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