Footballer Adams squeezes mom’s hand
By JOEL BAILEY Monday, September 30 2013
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AKEEM ADAMS, the Trinidad and Tobago football team player who is currently battling for survival following a massive heart attack in Hungary on Wednesday night, was able to squeeze his mother Ancilla’s hand at the Intensive Care Unit of the Varosmajori Heart Clinic, Budapest.
Both Ancilla and Akeem’s brother Akini (who is a goalkeeper with local club Point Fortin Civic FC), arrived in Hungary on Saturday.
And Adams’ local handler Dion Sosa, in an interview on the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) website yesterday, said: “He nodded and held on to her hand when she asked ‘Akeem do you know I am here ?’”
During a telephone interview yesterday, Sosa commented, “He’s doing a little better since his mom got there. He’s in serious danger still but he showed a little improvement which is good. The first doctor who dealt with him was the team doctor (Dr Gergely Panics), but then he went to the hospital and they’re all working together.”
Adams is under the care of Professor Merkely Bela, a noted heart specialist.
Both Ancilla and Akini are staying at Adams’ apartment, while their expenses, as well as Adams’ medical bill, are being footed by the Ferencvarosi club.
But Sosa admitted that the club and medical team were not releasing much information for safety and privacy reasons.
“What they want to do is see how things are looking, so they want to limit what they say and are only giving short updates of what is happening,” he said.
Adams had been fitted with a mechanical heart on Thursday night but he is still in need of a heart transplant.
Concerning a heart donor, Sosa remarked, “I didn’t get any feedback on that. Everyone is (sort) of tight-lipped. They’re just releasing what they want to release. They haven’t said anything about that.
“I’m just getting updates from his family and his (Hungary-based) agent (Humphrey Nijman). They’ll just tell me what the people tell them.
“I haven’t spoken to his mom since she got there, I’m just getting stuff through (his) brother,” Sosa added.