Chapecoense crash survivor Neto 'not told about tragedy' as doctors fear detrimental impact on recovery

Reports in Brazil claim doctors have decided to keep the central defender in the dark about the tragic air crash as he continues his recovery in a Colombian hospital.

Chapecoense defender Neto, one of the players who survived the tragic air crash in Colombia, has not yet been informed about the disaster.

Centre-back Helio Hermito Zampier Neto is one of just three players, along with defender Alan Luciano Ruschel and reserve goalkeeper Jackson Ragnar Follmann, to have survived the crash which tragically killed 71 people including 19 players.

As Neto recovers in a Colombian hospital, doctors have decided against informing the crash survivor about the tragedy and he has reportedly been asking about the result of the game they were travelling to play against Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the final of the Copa Sudamericana.

Chape’s doctor Carlos Mendonca told TV Globo that a psychologist had advised against telling the player about the air crash at this stage.

“It’s a recommendation from the psychologist not to tell him [on the plane crash] just yet to avoid any emotional shock that would be potentially damaging for his clinical recovery at this moment,” Mendonca told Globo.

“So we should follow this qualified opinion for now.”


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