Saturday, February 17, 2018

ANR doing ‘alright’ for now

...says daughter after former president admitted to St Clair hospital


Mark Fraser

Former president Arthur NR Robinson remains in stable condition, his daughter, Ann Margaret Robinson, said yesterday.

This reassurance of her father’s condition was all Ms Robinson would divulge to the Sunday Express in a very brief telephone interview yesterday. 

“He’s alright, right now,” she said.

Robinson, 87, who has been ailing for some time, was admitted to the St Clair Medi­cal Centre on Thursday after com­plain­ing of feeling unwell; the Express repor­ted yesterday he had lost function in one of his kidneys.

On Friday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan visited Robinson. 

Persad-Bissessar said while they

were unable to have a conver­sa­tion,

the “national hero” was “respon­sive”,

squeez­­­ing her hand in acknow­ledge­ment of her pre­sence. 

Robinson has had a history of medical conditions. He was shot in the leg and beaten during the siege of Parliament in the July 1990 attempted coup by the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen while he was prime minister.

In 2010, he suffered a convulsive seizure, fainting during a funeral, and had to be admitted to St Clair Medical for observation. 

As president, during an inspection of the troops at 1997’s Independence Day Parade, Robinson fainted; he was subsequently diagnosed with a clogged artery, putting him at risk for a heart attack. He underwent surgery at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. 

He has also been wheelchair- bound for several years.

Robinson is the only person to serve as prime minister (1986-1991) and president (1997-2003) of Trinidad and Tobago.