BUDAPEST, Hungary (CMC):
Trinidad and Tobago defender Akeem Adams has lost his left leg following a fourth operation, as he continues to fight for his life in a hospital in Hungary, his club Ferencvárosi Torna has reported.
The 22-year old Adams suffered a massive heart attack last month, and was fitted with a mechanical heart while awaiting a heart transplant.
However, his condition was said to have worsened because of necrosis in the limb as a result of his artificial heart not efficiently getting blood to his extremities.
"Akeem Adams, 22-year-old player of Ferencvárosi Torna Club, went through a life-saving surgery this night, during which his lower left limb has been amputated due to the mortification of limb muscles," Ferencvárosi Torna Club said.
"This unfortunate event is the consequence of the player's massive heart attack suffered one and a half weeks ago, and the complication arose due to the collapse of his circulation."
Adams was fitted with the mechanical device just under a week ago to stabilise his life.
But, he has not since stabilised sufficiently to undergo a further heart surgery.
"This surgery prevented the immediate threat to life," Ferencvárosi Torna Club revealed on its website.
"The surgery was successful. The circulation of Akeem Adams is stabilised, but his condition is still dangerous and life-threatening."
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association launched a fund last week to assist Adams, who remains in the Intensive Care Unit of Városmajori Heart Clinic in Hungary.