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Foote faces battle for life

Published:Saturday | January 30, 2016 | 1:00 AMShayne Fairman
Jordan Foote and Holy Trinity High football coach Devon Anderson.

Having had his left leg amputated due to life-threatening bone cancer, former outstanding Holy Trinity High School footballer Jordan Foote is locked in a race for his life, with doctors working to prevent the cancer from taking over his body.

Foote's Manning Cup coach Devon Anderson has revealed that the youngster has had to put his request for a prosthetic leg on hold, to instead focus on surviving the cancer affecting his lungs.

Foote is admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Anderson, who admitted to sharing a fatherly relationship with the player, wants the public to keep him in their prayers as he seeks to recuperate.

"They are seeing signs of improvement with the hole in his lungs healing back because of medications.

"In terms of getting a prosthetic leg, it has to be on hold for now, after this last X-ray, we will know where we go from here," said Anderson.

"They are trying to patch the part of the lungs that is leaking liquid, and draining off the water from his chest. He is deteriorating due to the cancer," Anderson continued.

 

KNEE CANCER

 

Foote helped his former school to the inaugural Flow Super Cup final, but was ruled out of last season's Manning Cup competition due to cancer in his knee. He has since had his left leg amputated. He had to leave school prematurely after being sent home to recuperate with his family.

Anderson, who has maintained a close relationship with Foote said the youngster remains upbeat despite the challenges.

"Jordan is the type of person who is motivated, success driven and as an athlete, always wants to win and cries when he loses. He is a hardworking youth" Anderson said.

Anderson, who works closely alongside Foote's mother, Nadine Sutherland, added: "We just have to hope for the best but expect the worst, and know if the inevitable comes, it comes, but I hope it doesn't come for now."