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Campaign launched to help amputee golfer

A fundraising campaign has been launched to help cover the costs of an Alps golfer facing a long recovery after contracting bacterial meningitis while competing in Egypt.

Issa Nlareb Amang, 27, fell ill with the life-threatening disease during the Ein Bay Open in February. After withdrawing from the tournament, he went into septic shock and was rushed to hospital.

Although Egyptian doctors managed to prevent the Cameroonian from dying, the severity of the infection led to Mr. Amang losing the feeling in his hands and feet.

But following a lack of improvement in his condition, and with the infection worsening, a decision was taken to remove Mr. Amang’s feet and hands, with prosthetics being set.

Mr. Amang, a winner on the West Africa Golf Tour who began competing on the Alps Tour in 2017 after progressing through the Qualifying School in 2016, has been told by doctors he may walk again but they can’t confirm whether he will be able to grip a golf club again.

The situation is really hard,” said Estelle Richard, Chief Executive and Operations Director of the Alps Tour.

“In Egypt, he was covered by travel insurance, fortunately, and the insurance paid for everything, including his repatriation to Cameroon.

“In Cameroon, the national federation and the golf club of Yaoundé and some friends helped him financially but now, as he had been transferred to Hospital Saint-Luc in Brussels where they have the best orthopedic services in Belgium, the situation is very difficult as he has no insurance.

“For the moment, his godmother (a diplomat from the European Union who met him when she was working in Cameroon) made advance payments from her personal account and savings.

“She has spent all her savings to help Issa but she won’t be able to pay for the full amount with could be as high as €100,000.

“We know that Issa will try everything to play again. He is very strong mentally and I can say that when I saw him in Egypt, where I was in charge of the tournament, he fought with all his strength to survive the septic shock.”

Go to the Alps Tour website for more information if you would like to make a donation.

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