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Adams gets mechanical heart to stay alive

Saturday, September 28, 2013 | 10:01 AM    

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Trinidad and Tobago defender Akeem Adams has been fitted with a mechanical heart, but is still listed in critical condition after suffering a massive heart attack in Hungary on Wednesday.

Twenty-two year-old Adams was a summer signing for the Ferencvárosi Torna Club, Hungary’s 28-time national champions. Following news of the player’s condition some 100 blood donors went to the Budapest Centre of National Blood-provider Service during the last 24 hours to donate blood to Adams.

The club’s website also posted an update on the footballer’s condition.

“(The) Ferencvárosi Torna Club’s player received an artificial, mechanic heart Thursday night. Without this surgical intervention his chance for staying alive would have been reduced to nearly zero,” it was reported. “Akeem Adams suffered a massive heart attack on Wednesday and still lies in ICU of Városmajori Heart Clinic.”

The latest news through Ferencvárosi was that young Adams was still in a precarious position despite all efforts so far, and a lot of prayers were being offered for his recovery.

“The state of Akeem Adams is still critical, life threatening,” it further added. “The medical staff of Városmajori Heart Clinic keeps fighting for Akeem Adams’ life.

“The board, all athletes and office workers would like to express their gratefulness for Professor Merkely Béla, for his team, the medical staff of Városmajori Heart Clinic who, cooperating with the members of FTC Health and Rehabilitation staff, Dr Reha Gábor and Dr Szelíd Zsolt, have been fighting with heroic efforts for Akeem Adams’ life.”

Despite some initial visa issues, his mother Ancilla Adams and brother, Central FC goalkeeper Akini Adams, were scheduled to fly out to Budapest yesterday via London.

On the local front, Adams’ former club Central FC are looking to stage a benefit match to assist with medical expenses.

Norris Ferguson, the Central FC manager and former T&T Olympic team manager, is personally touched by Adams’ situation. Adams is a former T&T Under-17 and Under-20 World Cup team player. He also had eight international caps since debuting as a 16 year-old against El Salvador in 2008. Adams was also a T&T player when Ferguson was T&T Under-23 manager.

”The situation is one of great sadness for me since I have known Akeem from very young. He was not just one of the players at Central FC, but one of my boys on the National Under-23 team as well,” Ferguson said.

Also flying to Budapest on hearing the tragic news was Adams’ agent Humphrey Nijman. Meanwhile, his local representative Dion Sosa said the club has been offering full support.

“It’s a very tragic situation for everyone. After the first surgery there was some relief but then we found out a second and third surgery was required and he is said to be in critical condition still,” Sosa said.


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