Public Administration and Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie, who suffered a debilitating stroke two months ago, is recovering.
He is not on life support.
This is according to Cuffie's relatives who confirmed that the La Horquetta/Talparo MP was transferred to a medical institution in Washington DC for physical rehabilitation.
The Express was told that Cuffie's speech had improved significantly and he was well on the road to recovery.
“He is speaking well now. He was taken to a hospital in Washington for physical rehabilitation. The stories about him being brain dead are untrue. He is alive and his condition is improving significantly,” a relative said.
The Express was told that Cuffie is expected to return to Trinidad in December.
Last week, social media posts suggested that Cuffie was brain dead and calls were made for Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to declare the La Horquetta/Talparo seat vacant and call a by-election at the earliest possible time.
Cuffie was elected La Horquetta/Talparo MP in September 2015.
Cuffie suffered a stroke and was admitted to the intensive care unit at St Clair Medical Centre in Port of Spain back in September.
A stroke is a medical condition in which poor blood flow to the brain results in cell death.
In 2012, Cuffie suffered a stroke when he was editor of the T&T Mirror newspaper.