AKEEM ADAMS is said to be responsive, but there is so far no confirmation that he has awaken from anesthesia after having his lower left leg amputated on Monday night.
Yesterday, there were reports that the 22-year-old Trinidad and Tobago footballer had awakened from the anesthesia and is off a ventilator. It was also said that he had spoken to his mother Ancilla Adams. However, no official source has so far corroborated that the player regained consciousness. Information regarding the player’s health is being closely guarded by his Hungarian club Ferencvárosi Torna, which has made periodical reports on the player’s condition.
But yesterday, Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) general secretary Sheldon Phillip was in contact with the Adams family by telephone.
“The news that I have heard is that he was responsive,” Phillips said yesterday. “In speaking with his family yesterday, there was no mention of that (he had awaken). I had also heard the rumours that he had awoken, but we have not been able to confirm such.”
The T&T footballer was hospitalised after a massive heart attack on September 25 and initially had three life-saving surgeries, including the fitting of an artificial heart to replace the failed organ.
With the permission of his mother, doctors performed a fourth surgery on the ailing “Soca Warrior” to remove his lower left leg after the player developed necrosis as a result of his artificial heart not efficiently getting blood to his extremities.
This surgery prevented the immediate threat to his life and successfully stabilised Adams’s circulation. He is awaiting a heart transplant once his condition improves.
Since Adams suffered a massive heart attack, his operations and medical expenses were funded by insurance coverage when he signed for Ferencvárosi in August. The club also flew his mother Ancilla Adams and brother Akini Adams to Hungary and has taken care of their accommodation and needs since. The family are under agreement that they will not directly divulge information about the player’s condition.
Meanwhile, the Hungarian club has also auctioned off an exclusive autographed Akeem Adams T-shirt, and are also selling special match tickets to raise funds for Adams and his family. The special tickets cost HUF 1,000 and can be purchased in unlimited quantities.