Campo Recovering, Plays Chess with Ali Yazici Print
Thursday, 15 February 2007 00:00
FIDE Honorary President Florencio Campomanes, recovering from his car accident in Antalya, Turkey, was encouraged today by a visit from Turkish Chess Federation president Ali Nihat Yazici who played chess with him, to a draw in 27 moves. `Do not worry, I guarantee you will not die in Turkey,` Ali assuaged Campo`s fears. Casto Abundo, who is in Turkey at mobile +90.5394852613, reports from Antalya Anadolu Hospital. Send This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >get well emails. . FIDE Honorary President Florencio Campomanes, recovering from his car accident in Antalya, Turkey, was encouraged today by a visit from Turkish Chess Federation president Ali Nihat Yazici who played chess with him, to a draw in 27 moves. `Do not worry, I guarantee you will not die in Turkey,` Ali assuaged Campo`s fears. Casto Abundo, who is in Turkey at mobile +90.5394852613, reports from Antalya Anadolu Hospital. Send This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >get well emails.



Campo played to a draw in 27 moves with Turkish Chess Federation president Ali Nihat Yazici (right). Looking on is Campo`s son Florencio `Floren` IV. Campo was encouraged by the visit of his old friend from Ankara who is looking after him and met with his doctors who advised Campo to strengthen himself first.



Campo excercises walking assisted by neurosurgeon Dr. Hakan Ozsuer (left) and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Burak Germen.

Update of 14 February

Campo`s Motivation is to go home to Philippines




`Take me home,` was the plea of FIDE Honorary President Florencio Campomanes as he was visited at the hospital in Antalya, Turkey by Philippine Embassy First Secretary and Consul General Alfonso A. Ver, but doctors said it was not yet possible. Philippine Ambassador Bahnarim Guinomla interceded with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Manila to expedite passports and visas of Campo`s wife and 19-year-old son.

Campo`s spirits were lifted by former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos who sent a get well note:




12-year old Enzo Campomanes, senior violinist of the year awardee in his primary school, wrote his father the following poem:

My Father
by: his son


My father is away,
in Turkey with dismay,
An accident he went through,
Daddy, Daddy I love you

Biotic is he,
Fractures and wounds bleed free,
He wasn't wearing a seatbelt,
the consequence of pain he felt

Speedy recovery I wish him,
I wish I was there with him
My half brother is there to care,
The life of my father wish be spared

Mother follow too,
Father can't wait for you,
When you get there please tell him this,
Daddy, Daddy, I yearn a kiss.


News of 13 February 2007

Campo Suffering Post Trauma Depression




Psychiatrist Dr. Ibrahim Ates (in photo, left) is treating FIDE Honorary President Florencio Campomanes for post trauma depression.

`I cannot stand. I cannot sit. Why can`t I do such a simple thing?` Campo wept as he was lifted back to bed. Doctors said that the most pressing problem he has now is sinking morale.

Campo`s face lights up when he receives This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >get well emails from chess friends around the world, Casto Abundo, who is in Turkey at mobile +90.5394852613, reports from Antalya Anadolu Hospital. `Campo should get well faster or he shall deteriorate very fast. I left him at the Presidential Board meeting here on 31st, two days before his accident. For several days, he had daily injections to cure a common cold and we could not depart together. At his advanced age, he is not recovering as fast as he did from a similar accident in 1990 in Uganda, and this is much worse,` Abundo explained.

Update of 10 February 2007

Campo in Head/Neck/Chest Brace Under Heavy Sedation




We thank all well wishers from around the world who sent emails to FIDE Honorary President Florencio Campomanes who celebrates his 80th birthday on 22 February. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >Casto Abundo, who is in Antalya, Turkey at mobile tel. +90.5394852613, reports from Antalya Anadolu Hospital that Campo is in traction with a head, neck and chest brace due to multiple cervical spine fractures and is under heavy sedation. In photo, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Burak Germen (right) and neurosurgeon Dr. Hakan Ozsuer adjust the brace as Campo grimaces in pain. Psychiatrist Dr. Ibrahim Ates is treating Campo for post trauma depression.

See previous news items.

Two of Campo`s sons who live in Europe rushed to him from Spain and Finland while other family members are getting visas.

Campo is in the care of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Burak Germen, at right in photo. `We are also attending to his psychological condition and have a psychiatrist administering to him. Very active people usually cannot bear a long period of immobility,` Dr. Germen explained. Campo used to play singles tennis every day even at age 79. He shall celebrate his 80th birthday on 22nd February.

Casto Abundo reports: Before I arrived in Antalya, Turkish Chess Federation president Ali Nihat Yazici prepared me `If you see him like this, you will cry.` It tore me apart to see him in this state after being so active during the Presidential Board meeting here. I had overheard him then boasting to David Jarrett `I have attended 125 FIDE meetings, all except one in Bulgaria when we were not allowed to go during the cold war.` His accident occurred in the line of duty, having just attended the FIDE Presidential Board meeting in Antalya.

To cheer him up, I invited him to play a game of chess to which he replied `Now? Get it... but I cannot,` he said disappointed.

But chess is always on his mind. Ever hopeful, he talks of going to the World Championship this September in Mexico. Before the accident, he told me that he planned to invite to Manila for his 80th birthday celebration FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, Secretary General Ignatius Leong and all current and former presidents of the Chess Federation of the Philippines.

The arrival of his wife tomorrow from New York should give him much needed comfort.
 
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