Jonathan Richter

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Jonathan Richter
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-01-16) 16 January 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Denmark
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Rosenhøj BK
BK Frem
Brøndby IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005-2009 FC Nordsjælland 70 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

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 son of a Gambian father and a Danish mother and the twin brother of Simon Richter.[1]

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 (93 °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 29 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.[2][3][4]

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.[5]

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.[6]


  1. ^ [1] (Danish)
  2. ^ David Andersen, Anne-Marie Madsen, Søren Lauridsen (2009-07-20). "Richters tilstand kritisk efter lynnedslag" (in Danish). Ekstra Bladet. 
  3. ^ "Danish soccer player in coma after being struck by lightning". The Canadian Press (Google news). 21 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  4. ^ "Richters tilstand en smule bedre". TV2 Denmark (in Danish). 24 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  5. ^ "Richter speaks again". Politiken (Politiken). 2 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  6. ^ "Richters left leg amputated". Berlingske (Berlingske). 31 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-31.