Soca Warrior Akeem Adams fights for his life
Appeals have gone out in Hungary for blood for Trinidad and Tobago left defender Akeem Adams, who is fighting for his life after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday night in Hungary where he plays for champions Ferencvárosi TC. Yesterday, the club website said that after being discovered at home, Adams was rushed to the Városmajori Heart Clinic, where he received immediate professional care.
“Doctors are still struggling to stabilise his condition,” Ferencvárosi TC said. “Akeem Adams is fighting for his life.”
Also giving a prognosis on the T&T defender’s condition was Dr Psalm Meek, a senior cardiologist at the National Sports Centre in Hungary and a member of Ferencvárosi TC’s medical staff. It has been reported that an operation was done to remove a blood clot from the player’s heart.
“The additional risk of myocardial infarction was resolved, but the player’s condition remains serious. The next few days will be crucial changes in the circulatory system of the player (who will be) constantly tested and kept in intensive care units throughout the medical control. Believe and trust for Akeem Adams to recover as soon as possible.”
Adams, 22, has played nine times for the T&T senior team, debuting as a 16-year-old under Colombian Francisco Maturana. He was also a member of the country’s FIFA Under-17 and Under-20 World Cup teams, and last played for T&T in the 2012 Olympic qualifiers. After a one-week trial, the former W Connection and T&TEC defender joined Ferencvárosi TC as a summer signing on a one-year contract. So far this season, Adams has played 539 minutes for his new club.
Yesterday, T&T Football Association (TTFA) general secretary, Sheldon Phillip said he was shocked by the news of Adams’ heart attack.
“We have word out to Akeem’s family that anything the FA can do to assist him, we are only a phone call away.”
The TTFA issued a press release, stating that the FA and all national players and coaches have Adams in their prayers and thoughts.
The TTFA has been in contact with Adams’ teammate, Tomi Csilus, who said there has been an overwhelming outpouring of support for the player from his teammates, friends and fans.
“After training we were talking a lot and smiling and even dancing a bit. Then, about three hours after, Akeem called the woman at the club and said he wasn’t feeling good. Then, 10 minutes later we found him out at his home and he was rushed to the hospital,” Csilus told TTFA Media. “We are all praying for him. He has been a good friend since he arrived here to join us.”
Minister of Sport Anil Roberts urged Adams’ family and friends “to keep the faith that he will pull through without too much long-term damage to his body, and that he will recover enough to return to what looked like a very promising career as a footballer.”