Cristiano Ronaldo meets Polish boy he roused from three-month coma by scoring in Portugal World Cup play-off
A goal by Cristiano Ronaldo helped to bring a boy out of a three-month coma and the pair had an emotional meeting after Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.
David Pawlaczyk was knocked off of his bicycle by a car and suffered several internal injuries in August.
The 14-year-old was rushed to hospital but slipped into a coma, as reported by Polish newspaper Fakt.
Meeting his hero: Cristiano Ronaldo invited Polish fan David Pawlaczyk over to Madrid to watch last week’s Real vs Borussia Dortmund Champions League tie after a goal he scored roused the 14-year-old from a three-month coma
Welcome to Madrid: Ronaldo gives young David a hug as they meet at the Bernabeu. The 14-year-old slipped into a coma after being knocked off his bike by a car back in August
Magic moment: David was roused from his coma by radio commentary of Ronaldo’s hat-trick for Portugal against Sweden in the World Cup play-offs back in November
Souvenir: Ronaldo autographs a Real Madrid shirt for his young visitor from Poland as he walks into the Bernabeu before the match
Read all about it: Ronaldo browses through a book about himself that David had brought with him to the match
Family affair: David and his family travelled over from Poland after Ronaldo heard about the story and invited them to the game
His parents were told that sound therapy was the best hope of waking their son and were told that they should play familiar sounds to him.
David was a big Real Madrid fan and his parents played him radio broadcasts of their matches among others.
When Ronaldo scored his third goal during Portugal’s World Cup play-off clash with Sweden in November, David was listening to the commentary and at that moment he was roused from his coma.
The Polish press reported the story and Ronaldo caught wind of it and invited David and his family to Madrid for Real’s clash with Dortmund.
Grand scale: David with his parents right at the top of the Santiago Bernabeu
Tour: David was able to walk up the steps from the Bernabeu tunnel onto the pitch
On the bench: David and family try out the comfortable Bernabeu dug-outs
His mother Isabella said: ‘When I told David that he would fly to Madrid and meet Ronaldo, he could not stop crying. He could not believe it was true.
‘David has asked us to take him to Madrid so many times. You [Ronaldo] have a big heart and we will never forget this.’
After Madrid’s 3-0 victory against the Germans, Ronaldo met David and his family, sharing a hug and offering autographs, a Real Madrid shirt and his best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Suits you! David, a Real Madrid fan, picks out a replica shirt in the club store
Meet the boss: With club President Florentino Perez prior to the big match
Cheer them on: David lends his support to Real Madrid during their 3-0 win over Dortmund
Madrid face Dortmund in the second leg of the quarter-final on Tuesday night.
Ronaldo, who missed their game against Real Sociedad on Saturday with a knee complaint, should be fit to start at the Westfalenstadion.