hunger striker Dr Wayne Kublalsingh is at a critical stage

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Wayne 'on a precipice'

By Renuka Singh

The health of hunger striker Dr Wayne Kublalsingh is at a critical stage.

"Right now, there is a great risk of multiple organ failure. He is still dehydrated because we have not fully rehydrated him; we are just hydrating him lightly in the night.

"Right now, I am seeing signs of kidney failure. He has muscle wasting; he has lost a great deal of muscle, which is leading to further protein in the urine and further breakdown of the kidneys and liver," Ashantie Charles-Le Blanc, medical director of the SCI EMS Ambulance Ltd, said yesterday.

She said once the kidneys reached the point of producing protein in the urine, it was cause for "concern".

"We are getting to the point of no return. It does not come in waves; it is not gradual, and we can have sudden negative impact due to this hunger strike. He has not been eating; it is the fluids and his mind that is keeping him alive," she said.

Le Blanc said Kublalsingh's body was "preserving" the vital organs.

"But this is what I describe as the calm before the storm. He is, medically speaking, on a precipice, and things are critical at this stage," she said.

Le Blanc said the human body cannot survive on drips alone.

"I would say the mind has a great role to play in this whole picture and that should be noted. However, medically speaking, it could be days; it could be a week. It is not going to last forever because he is not being rehydrated," she said.

"He knows what the situation is," she added.

Meanwhile, there were more police officers than supporters yesterday in front the Prime Minister's office in St Clair where Kublalsingh resumed his hunger strike, now into day 14.

While the barricades remained around the pavement of the office, the Highway Re-Route team moved lower down Gray Street and sheltered under umbrellas as they were not allowed to erect a tent.

While Kublalsingh moved to and from the road to the ambulance to have his vital signs monitored, his doctors expressed concern about his determination to continue the hunger strike.

And while doctors continue to monitor his health, former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj is preparing the movement's legal defence.

Maharaj said he was concerned that when the court eventually declares that that section of the highway—Debe to Mon Desir—was constructed illegally, it would be a "total waste of taxpayers' money".

"It would be over a billion dollars," he added.

According to Maharaj, "The Government, on a whole, gave an undertaking to the Highway Re-Route Movement that the Debe to Mon Desir section of the highway would not proceed, and the works would stop and not proceed until a review was done."

Maharaj said the Government had broken the legal promise to the group.

"What the Prime Minister and the Government has been doing is showing that they do not consider that the promise had legal effect. What they are doing is helping the Re-Route Movement by their comments and their statements in proving that the Government unlawfully frustrated the legitimate expectation of the High- way Re-Route Movement," he said.

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