Remarkably, one of the Chapecoense players who survived the deadly plane crash in Colombia may yet take the field again.
Remarkable? Maybe that’s too tame. Astonishing, perhaps.
Helio Hermito Zampier Neto, 31, needed knee, lung, wrist, and head surgery following the crash that killed 71 people.
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It’s a comeback story that will be followed by many, and Neto’s father says it’s very real. The center back bounced between Brazil’s Serie A and B, even going on loan at a Serie D side before finding his place at Chape.
Neto’s father, Helam, said on Facebook that news of his recovery was giving the family “renewed hope and faith”.
“My son is getting better and better. He has just undergone surgery on his leg and doctors say he will return to football,” he said.
“We shall continue praying because we still need his discharge from hospital to see him closely.”