Report done by Karlo Lovenia, Camille Cutler, and Jim de Ramos
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this piece stated that the unsportsmanlike by Papi Sarr happened on September 29, 2018. The piece has since been edited with the correct date, September 22, 2018. The Humblebola team apologizes for this error.
UST slotman Steve Akomo was admitted in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Hospital last Monday night, October 8, due to blood clots found in his head, according to sources closely monitoring the situation.
Sources say that the suspected cause of the blood clots was off the unsportsmanlike foul tagged on Papi Sarr last September 22, 2018. Sarr hit Akomo with a shoulder to the head, prompting the big man to crumple on the floor and took a long while to get back on his feet. He played the rest of the game despite the incident, logging 30 minutes while putting up eight points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.
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Akomo played in their next game versus the Ateneo Blue Eagles last September 29, but he already felt a little weak physically versus the Blue Eagles, sources say. He still managed to put up nine points and four rebounds in 24 minutes of action.
The next day, the UST foreign student athlete started to feel some dizziness. Then on October 2, Akomo started to vomit and show symptoms of food poisoning, the initial diagnosis by doctors, and stated that he was expected to miss around 3-4 games for the Growling Tigers. He sat out during their next assignments, which was against the De La Salle Green Archers last October 3 and the UE Red Warriors on October 6.
However, after further laboratory tests, food poisoning was ruled out as the reason for his vomiting.
Doctors declared that there was blood in Akomo’s head, specifically in his cerebellum. Blood clots in the head not immediately circulating after the initial hit is nothing new. What doctors perceive to have happened was, Akomo playing versus the Ateneo Blue Eagles a week after the hit by Sarr further aggravated things, and caused for a vein in Akomo’s cerebellum to pop.
Since then, the doctors have prescribed Akomo for bed rest. He took medicines for the meantime, and they will wait for seven days to decide whether or not he will get surgery.
With how things have developed over the last 24 hours, things are looking good when it comes to the possibility of Steve Akomo not needing to undergo surgery to have his blood clots treated, according to sources.
Akomo currently averages 9.8 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game (team-high) for the UST Growling Tigers. The Growling Tigers currently stand at 2-4, sixth in the UAAP as of posting time.