AKEEM LOSES LEG
By JOEL BAILEY Wednesday, October 9 2013
TRINIDAD and Tobago footballer Akeem Adams, already in a critical condition after suffering a massive heart attack and hospitalised awaiting a heart transplant, suffered a major setback when his lower left leg was amputated on Monday night as a result of necrosis (cell death) in that limb.
The TT Football Association (TTFA), in a media release said, “reports indicate the 22-year-old player continues to be in critical condition and doctors are doing their best to improve his condition. The TTFA is asking the general public to keep Akeem and his family in their prayers and thoughts.”
Adams, who played for Ferencvarosi TC in Hungary, suffered a massive heart attack at his apartment home on September 25 and underwent four emergency operations (including three within the space of 24 hours) after being rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of the Varosmajori Heart Clinic in Budapest.
He was given an artificial mechanical heart, but on the Ferencvarosi TC website, it was reported that complications have arisen and a fourth operation, “served to avert immediate threat to life. (That) operation failed, his circulation is stable but his condition is still serious (and) life threatening.”
His mother Ancilla and brother Akini have been at his side since September 29, with the expenses covered by the Ferencvarosi club, which Adams joined on August 7. The TTFA noted that, “local support can be offered through purchasing the Akeem Adams Heart of a Warrior t-shirt priced at $100 and available at all Native Spirit stores.”
The TT football team plays an international friendly against New Zealand at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on October 15, with proceeds from that game going towards the Akeem Adams Fund.
Sports Minister Anil Roberts, last night told Newsday: “this is very sad news. All we can do at this point in time is to keep him in our prayers, pray for the family for strength. The doctors are doing their best. We will continue to support him and his family.
“We’re still praying for the best. We hear that he’s getting a lot of support, that is very good by the folks out there. And he’s a fighter so we wish him and his family all the best and we await some positive news from him,” Roberts said.
Asked how the Ministry will be supporting Adams, Roberts replied, “the Ministry is supporting everything. The whole game is supported by the Ministry. We encourage people to come and buy those special tickets.
“It’s not the Government, it’s not the Ministry, it’s the taxpayers, all of the people at the match,” he added. “So now it’s up to all of us to buy tickets. I am buying in my private capacity. We have to try and fill the stadium and buy those tickets, the special tickets on offer from the TTFA in support of Akeem Adams. So that will assist in every form or fashion to assist his family as best as possible.”
Roberts also revealed that the Ministry plans to institute an overall insurance policy for Trinidad and Tobago athletes.
“Furthermore, it’s sad at this time but there is to be tendered an overall insurance policy for all of our athletes,” he said.
“We have a young rugby player who has just gone to South America to get treatment so we want all the money that we’ve invested in sport, we want all of our national team members to be covered by an overriding umbrella insurance policy.” News of the amputation sent shock waves through the football fraternity. Adam’s coach at local football club W Connection, Stuart Charles Fevriere, said he could not put into words how sorry he felt for Akeem. “He has always been a well-mannered boy with a very bright career ahead of him. Now for this to happen...it can only be described as very sad,” Fevriere said.
Adams represented W Connection at the youth level before moving on to play for Petrotrin, TTEC and Point Fortin Civic Centre (PFCC) before accepting an offer in Hungary with Ferencvarosi TC.
W Connection has already agreed to donate earnings from the Charity Shield to the Adams family. Last night, Connection owner and manager David John-Williams told Newsday the club has already advised the TT Pro League to make their cheque out to the family of Adams.
“It is always difficult when something like that happens to your children. I have children and I don’t know how it would have been for me. As a matter of fact I do not even like to think about Adams because it is so sad,” John-Williams said.
However the W Connection football boss added that he is very confident that Adams will emerge from his situation. “And when he does I can assure you that he will be as strong as a lion because to come away from something like that can only be magical.”
Sheldon Phillips, secretary general of the TTFA said he was shocked at news of the amputation.
“I’m still lost for words and really haven’t come to terms with this news. I was informed of his leg being amputated early this morning (yesterday) and it really is a sad situation. And what is also even harder to come to terms with is that his survival is
still not certain even though they removed his lower leg,” said a solemn Phillips.