The Everton midfielder refused oxygen as the club doctor John Hollingsworth shunted his limb back into place on the pitch.
It was November 3 and the Portugal international had just suffered a horror dislocation fracture of his ankle after a swipe from Tottenham forward Son Heung-Min saw him crash into Spurs defender Serge Aurier.
Gomes, 26, was screaming in agony but he didn't want pain relief as the club doctor's quick-thinking helped his miraculous recovery which will see him feature against Manchester United this weekend.
“It was really important, actually,” said Gomes. “He was unbelievable.
“I knew he wanted to do that and I rejected the oxygen because with the adrenalin I was mad, I was angry. I was feeling everything. He put it in place two times, rotating it and then putting it in place.
“Luis Boa Morte was next to me and I think I punched him at that moment. It was harder mentally than physically.”
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Gomes was on the floor as some of the Goodison crowd even howled in horror.
His brother, Nuno, was in the crowd with his niece who had come to watch her uncle play for the first time.
“I did not see exactly but people told me my brother wanted to run from the stands to the pitch and the stewards were saying, ‘no, no, don’t do that’,” he said. “So it was really hard for everybody.”
What Gomes did see was the rest of the crowd's reaction.
“While I'm screaming and I'm realising that this really happened, I can see the crowd in the stand and looking at me and going like this [holding hands to their faces in horror],” he said.
“I've like the corner of the main stand looking at me and taking their kids out of the picture!
“The thing is when it happened, I couldn’t look at my foot. I was trying to avoid it. I didn’t want that picture in my memory.
“The only picture I have to be honest is like I'm screaming, I'm really upset with what is going on, and I lifted my knee in front of me so I couldn't see my foot.
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“I was feeling, because obviously with the nerves and everything, I knew something was pointing in the wrong direction.”
But the nightmare didn't end there even after the doctor had put the ankle back in place, he was rushed to hospital and underwent a very successful operation.
While Gomes has never watched the video back of the incident, he did relive the moment as he lay in hospital.
“In the days after I had some flashbacks of things, even like slipping,” the midfielder said.
“It was crazy because when that happened to me I was having reactions with my foot – the injured one was like moving.!
"I was talking to the doctor and physios and they said it was normal because your memory takes a picture of what happened, the trauma, so if you are thinking about that probably you will have a reaction from your body.
“So let's face it was quite funny!"
Gomes can see the funny side now and while he never held any blame to Son or Aurier – in fact he questions why he didn't pass the ball quicker – there were “bad” moments in the rehabilitation.
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Gomes would go through 12-hour days in the gym, pool and on the bike as he tried to recover.
He returned to first-team training last month just 86 days after the injury despite early predictions saying he wouldn't play again this season.
“Straight away, I said two or three team-mates, that when we are playing, when I go, you go 100% otherwise I can't get ready for the game,” said Gomes.
“If I'm here it's because I'm allowed and I feel good to be here, don't go easy.
“Be normal. If you need to go hard, I will go hard as well, otherwise I will get injured again.”
Last weekend, Gomes was a second-half substitute against Arsenal and helped the Toffees fight their way back into the game despite just coming up short against the Gunners to complete the remarkable return.
“The past was a scary moment,” he said. “But it feels good to be back. Once you are ready, if you go, you have to compete.
“If I don't compete then people will know and say: 'Now he is different', 'Maybe he is afraid' and 'Maybe he is not putting his foot in'. I can't be different. I need to be the same guy I was before and go hard.”
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