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Adams’ mother confident he’ll wake up
Ancilla Adams, the mother of Soca Warriors defender Akeem Adams and his brother Akini Adams of Point Fortin Civic FC, are expected to arrive in Budapest, Hungary today after leaving Port-of-Spain on a British Airways flight at 6 pm, yesterday. The 22-year-old Adams (Akeem) was up to yesterday still in a critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit of the Varosmajori Heart Clinic in Hungary where he is warded after undergoing a third operation following a massive heart attack he suffered between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. During the surgery, his third, Adams received an artificial, mechanical heart after his organs were severely damaged when he suffered the heart attack. His local business handler handler Dion Sosa said the player’s mother was remaining strong and was insisting that her son will recover. She is expected to give the go-ahead for the T&T hard tackling defender to undergo the transplant once a heart is available. “She is a strong and praying woman and she has been very strong since we got the news,” Sosa said. “She is confident that when she gets there and speaks and prays with him, he will wake up and things will get better… those were her words at the airport.”
Sosa added that Adams had not regained consciousness since being admitted to the Varosmajori Clinic where he is under the care of Professor Merkely Bela and supporting doctors and nurses. Within the past 12 months Professor Bela, a heart specialist has performed two successful heart transplants. “They said to us that the heart is just too weak to survive on its own so a mechanical heart is doing the job at the moment and they are searching for a donor at this time. They are very confident that they will locate one. The club and the doctors have been excellent and they have stayed in direct contact with Akeem’s mom,” Sosa said. The local-based Sosa added that while the club has taken care of the travel expenses for Adams’ mother and brother, further efforts are being made to ensure that they are both comfortable and can meet additional expenses for their stay in Hungary. “We are trying to ensure they are comfortable while over there and then of course following the outcome of the next few days we will then look at taking of future arrangements for Akeem’s recovery and comfort,” Sosa said.
He added that arrangements are already being made for Akini to undergo medical tests as history shows that Adam’s father Renwick passed away at 51 having suffered a stroke while his grand-father died at 34. Sosa also confirmed that Adams underwent the mandatory medical tests before signing his contract with the club while Soca Warriors team doctor Terrence Babwah confirmed that similar tests were carried out on Akeem in the past and there was never any indication of heart complications. He underwent medical tests prior to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in 2009 as well along with the other national teams. The TTFA continues to offer whatever support possible to the player who has represented the country at U-15, U-17, U-20, U-23 and senior level. Adams signed a one-year contract with Ferencvaros on August 7 with the option of an additional year after representing local T&T Pro League clubs, DirecTV W Connection, Petrotrin, T&TEC and Central FC. On the club’s website it was stated that more than 100 persons donated blood for Adams at Budapest’s National Blood Centre and their support together with the efforts of Professor Bela and his staff are responsible for the T&T defender still be alive. He was part of the Ferencvaros side which whipped Ujpest 3-1 on Sunday last before being replaced by Belgium’s Phillip Bonig in the 94th minute. Today, his club is expected to face second from bottom Puskas FC in the 16-team competition but it is uncertain if the match will go ahead.
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