Sunday, December 17, 2017

Robinson in stable condition

FORMER president Arthur NR Robinson was up to yesterday said to be in a stable condition at the St Clair Medical Centre but there is no sign yet as to when he would be able to return home.

Robinson’s daughter, Ann Margaret Robinson, also yesterday thanked his well-wishers.

The only person in local history to serve as both president and prime minister to the country, 87-year-old Robinson was admitted to hospital on Thursday after complaining of feeling unwell. It was disclosed at the weekend that he had lost the function of one of his kidneys.

Contacted for an update on her father’s health, Ann Margaret Robinson said he is “more or less stable”.

“He is looking okay,” she said.

“He is comfortable and the family wants to thank everyone who is praying for his health.”

Asked whether there is any indication of when he might be able to return home, Ann Margaret Robinson said, “Not right now.”

Robinson was on Friday lauded by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar as a “national hero” when she paid him a visit.

She hailed him further later that day in the Parliament and dedicated the laying of the report by the Commission of Inquiry into the 1990 attempted coup to him. Persad-Bissessar, delivering a report on the document, said it was Robinson who had urged her to form the Commission, which had stated in its submission that Robinson’s life was central to the intention of the insurgents.

Robinson was prime minister at the time of the coup and was shot in the Parliament by insurgents of the Jamaat al-Muslimeen, who had stormed the Red House.

Persad-Bissessar had said at the time that although they were unable to converse, Robinson had been responsive and had squeezed her hand to acknowledge her presence.

Robinson, who served as prime minister from 1986 to 1991 and president from 1997 to 2003, has for years battled a variety of medical problems.

In 2010, he suffered a convulsive seizure and fainted during a funeral, He was also then admitted to St Clair Medical for observation. 

As president, Robinson again fainted during an inspection of the troops at 1997’s Independence Day Parade.

He was subsequently diagnosed with a clogged artery and was deemed to be at risk of a heart attack.

Robinson underwent surgery at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope and has also been wheelchair- bound for several years.

Sending his greetings yesterday was St Joseph MP, Terrence Deyalsingh, who said:

“He is a great son of the soil and a great leader. He is a great statesman. We wish him well and a speedy recovery.  He needs our prayers and support.”

Deyalsingh was speaking at the Feast of St Joseph, First Capital Park, King Street, St Joseph.