Sir James will return to Bequia under 24-hour nursing care – Searchlight


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Sir James Mitchell was discharged from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados today in preparation for his return to his beloved Bequia home.

A statement released by his daughters Sabrina, Gretel, Louise and Gabija said the 90-year-old former prime minister remains ‘resilient in spirit’ and has been placed in 24-hour nursing care under the continued medical guidance of Dr Yamiry Lugo.

“While at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados, Sir James received excellent medical care under the guidance of Dr Michael Fakoory and Dr Jerry Emtage. His conditions of severe dengue fever and sepsis are in the process of being resolved. He continues to face challenges with other complications,” reads the statement released today, November 18, 2021.

Sir James was airlifted from St Vincent on November 3 after being hospitalized at Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) in Kingstown from Saturday October 30. It fights multiple symptoms, including infection, kidney failure, gallstones, and an enlarged prostate. It was further confirmed that he had dengue hemorrhagic fever.

“The family of Sir James express their deepest gratitude to the people and government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for the immense love, support, thoughts and prayers. We thank Dr Ralph E Gonsalves for all the courtesy extended to Sir James and his family. We also express our sincere gratitude to Hon. Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados for welcoming Sir James to Barbados – and the care and attention given to him at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Throughout this ordeal, Sir James has been heartened by the support and love expressed daily by his former ministers, colleagues, constituents and dear New Democrat family. We appreciate the outpouring of concern from every segment of the Vincentian population for Sir James. We also thank his friends and colleagues around the world who have reached out to us. The family is truly touched by the tremendous care and support at this time,” the statement concluded.


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