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Akeem’s doctor saddened by condition
Mario John, who was the medical doctor attached to the Trinidad and Tobago National Under 17 team in 2007 of which Akeem Adams was a member, believes that the player’s unfortunate position must serve as a wake-up call to the local sports medicine community. John worked with the U-17 team during the Concacaf qualifiers in Jamaica and subsequently at the Fifa Under 17 World Cup in South Korea. “It’s extremely unfortunate what has happened to Akeem, Having known him from his days as a member of the National U-17s, he was an extremely personable and affable young man. What stands out most is his humility,” John said. “I am not one hundred per cent on the specifics but cardiovascular tissues is something the sports medicine community should pay close attention to. Fifa is making strides in highlighting conditions in athletes but more could always be done in terms of prevention and bringing awareness to athletes and public alike.
“We in Trinidad and Tobago should formalize a national sports medicine program with a policy of an “access to all” through our health care system. “We have a physician on the Fifa medical committee Dr Terence Babwah and a premier sports medicine doctor in Anyl Goopeesingh who can work alongside the various ministries and sporting bodies to develop a formal structure, not just for national athletes but for recreational athletes as well. Prevention is certainly better than a cure,” John stated. “I really wish Akeem a speedy recovery and hope he bounces back quickly because the football community misses him dearly.”
Akeem Adams, 22-year-old player of Ferencvárosi Torna Club went through a life saving surgery on Monday night, during which his lower left limb has been amputated due to the mortification of limb muscles. The TTFA is asking the general public to keep Adams and his family in their prayers and thoughts. Support for Adams can be offered through purchasing the Akeem Adams Heart of a Warrior T Shirt priced at $100 and now available at all Native Spirit stores. Proceeds from tickets sales will also go towards the Akeem Adams “Heart of a Warrior” Foundation from purchases for the $125 section while there will be collection points at the stadium for patrons wanting to contribute to the fund.
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