Bernadette Adams is the wife of the late French footballer Jean Pierre Adams who passed away yesterday after spending 39 years in coma.
She used to be the epitome of a footballer’s wife — an attractive woman cheering from the stands and knocking back champagne in the disco afterwards.
Bernadette has tended to her husband ever since the unfortunate incident, barely missing a day’s care over the last four decades.
“No one ever forgets to give Jean-Pierre presents, whether it’s his birthday, Christmas or Father’s Day,” Bernadette told CNN.
Bernadette says she always looks after her husband with an unfailing love, dressing, feeding and bathing him.
She often will forfeit her own sleep to ensure Adams got his.
Jean-Pierre before his disastrous surgery moved from Senegal and settled in France where he played for the European nation in the 1970s.
It was his grandmother who took him to Europe on a religious pilgrimage, enrolling him at a school in France at the age of 10.
He was soon adopted by a local French couple and in the late 1960s, Jean-Pierre, then an amateur footballer, met Bernadette at a dance.
Bernadette said “I can’t hide the fact that it was very difficult for my family at the beginning.
At the time, a black man and a white woman being together wasn’t well-regarded. But we began to live together and then decided to marry.”
“I can’t hide the fact that it was very difficult for my family at the beginning,” Bernadette recalls, reflecting on the challenges they faced as a mixed race couple.“At the time, a black man and a white woman being together wasn’t well-regarded.“But we began to live together and then decided to marry. I wrote to my parents giving the news, the wedding date and an invitation, and my mother invited us to dinner.“After that, everything was fine and he was seen in a better light than me: ‘Jean-Pierre, Jean-Pierre’ — they only spoke of Jean-Pierre!”