(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) -Former Prime Minister Patrick Manning sat up for the first time yesterday, three days after he was enfeebled by a stroke, and asked about the nation’s plans.
And he clearly voiced his readiness to go home, his wife, Hazel Manning, said last evening.
Manning’s relatives held a press conference to give an update on his medical condition at his San Fernando East constituency office yesterday.
“Today I visited him all morning and I got from doctors very positive responses. He sat up on his own, he spoke, he asked to go home and doctors had to convince him that he could not go home,” Hazel said.
Manning asked doctors at the San Fernando General Hospital for an explanation of what was happening to him. He was assured his condition was improving and he would be able to resume his normal lifestyle within three to six months, he was told.
Hazel recalled her husband complimented her cooking shortly before he suffered the stroke on Monday night.
“He was not angry, he said ‘this food tasting good boy’,” she said.
Holding back tears, Hazel thanked the nation, doctors and nurses at the hospital for their prayers and concern. She thanked the politicians for “genuine concern and sincerity”.
“There was an incident where politicians have gotten a sense that we are not happy, but that is not the case. We have never been in a situation like this and it is a little distressed and tense and you have to excuse us,” she said.
Manning’s staff at his constituency office and supporters have been keeping prayer vigils nightly. “The doctors have been visiting my husband almost every hour and it is really very emotional to see the concern and dedication. There is one nurse who has been there for 16 hours,” Hazel said.
Dr Petronella Manning-Alleyne, the former prime minister’s sister, gave a medical explanation of what happened to her brother.
“The cause was a clot and blood tests have determined that the anticoagulants or medication my brother has been taking to prevent his blood from clotting, the value was too low, and it did not do its desired effect and it is as simple as that,” she said.
Dr Lackram Bodoe, chairman of the South-West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA), issued a statement on Manning’s medical condition yesterday stating that Manning’s condition was improving.
“He is in good spirits and seems able to understand spoken language and is reacting appropriately,” the release stated.
Bodoe stated the medical team was conducting further investigations and all appropriate treatment including physiotherapy was being administered.