Soccer player Matheus Silva wakes from coma after near drowning

Days after nearly drowning in Lake Tahoe, San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Matheus Silva has emerged from a coma.

Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli announced the news Thursday night in a statement and said Silva is fully responsive.

“The entire Earthquakes organization is grateful for the invaluable effort by the doctors, players and staff at Reno 1868 FC and bystanders on the beach that contributed to Matheus being alive and well today,” Fioranelli said.

Silva, who is on loan to Reno 1868 FC, was swimming in the lake with his teammates on the Fourth of July.

Pro soccer player Silva in critical condition after near drowning


Matheus Silva (r.) is now conscious and fully responsive after being in a coma following a near drowing in Lake Tahoe.

(Jeff Chiu/AP)

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Silva was crying for help before going under icy water. Friends thought he was joking before Silva remained under water.

Nearby paddle boarders came to his aid, pulled him out of the water and back to the shore, but he did not have a pulse.

Friends gave him CPR until medics arrived to revive Silva.

Silva was then taken to the hospital and airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno where he was in critical condition.

Silva signed with the Earthquakes in July 2015, but has been loaned out twice since.

Reno 1868 FC, the team he’s currently with, released a statement Thursday night looking for the people who helped Silva. They’re asking anyone with information on who pulled him out of the water and tried to resuscitate him to contact the team by email.

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