UAAP: UST's Steve Akomo not in ICU, not to be operated on

Philip Matel on Oct 09, 2018 06:28 PM
UAAP: UST's Steve Akomo not in ICU, not to be operated on
The Cameroonian center had been admitted Monday to the hospital for vomiting and dizziness. (Photo sent to Boom Gonzalez by Akomo's foster family with permission to use).

UST Growling Tigers center Steve Akomo narrowly misses getting admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the UST Hospital, as he was found with blood clots in his head.

The Cameroonian center had been admitted Monday to the hospital for vomiting and dizziness. 

"I really can't describe how I feel right now. Better compared to two, three, four days ago. So I hope to see, that God really takes care of me. That's how I feel right. Not really 100-percent or 50-percent. Everything is going fine, step by step," the affable slotman said in his hospital bed.

Instead of going under the knife for open brain surgery in his cerebellum to remove the clots, his neurologist exclaimed good news, and said that at this point it won't be necessary to be operated on.

"[T]here is slight recovery, resolving of the blood clot. Means that there is progress, slow progress, small progress, but there is. There is positive. And that there is no need for a transfer," Duke de Ramos, Steve's foster parent in the country said.

He also added that the 6'9" center is undergoing medication for brain swelling and will be observed for the next seven days.

De Ramos also shared how Akomo felt dizzy at class last Oct. 1, and vomited several times before being rushed to the same hospital. The doctors initially thought that it was food poisoning, but all tests came back negative, and asked the Cameroonian big man to return a week later. 

On Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 2, Akomo's left side began to feel numb, and could not move it up until Saturday.

It was then that Marvin James Pangilinan, the physical therapist of the Tigers, recommended admission.

It was only Monday when the doctors took a scan of his brain and found the blood clot. 

Akomo has been averaging 9.8 points and 9.5 rebounds in four appearances this season.

The family and friends of Steve Akomo are requesting for prayers and support during this time.

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