BUDAPEST, Hungary (CMC):
Trinidad and Tobago footballer Akeem Adams, who suffered a stroke in Hungary earlier this year, has died, his uncle, Ivan Dick, has confirmed.
His club Ferencvaros also said Adams, 22, died yesterday after suffering a brain hemorrhage on Saturday.
He had been hospitalised since the heart attack and his left leg had been amputated to alleviate circulatory problems.
Adams, who played as a defender, passed away shortly after his mother Ancilla decided against taking the player off life support.
Adams, who joined Ferencvaros in August, played just a handful of games for Hungary's most popular team. His last game was Septembef 22, a 3-1 victory over Ujpest, Ferencvaros' traditional rivals.
Adams had undergone at least four operations at the Varosmajori Heart Clinic in Budapest, including the insertion of a mechanical heart and the amputation of his left leg from below the knee in late September and early October, respectively.
His health improved in November and doctors were fairly confident he would have been strong enough for a heart transplant before Christmas. But the anticipated heart transplant never materialised as doctors continued to fret over the slow recovery of Adams' left leg.
On Boxing Day, he spoke to friends and relatives in Trinidad and said he was in good spirits and that doctors expected to perform the transplant in February.
Adams played nine times on Trinidad's national team and started three matches for the Caribbean country at the Under-20 World Cup played in Egypt in 2009.