UPDATE: Patterson Remains Hospitalized, Doctors Consider Surgery Amid Serious Hip, Knee Injury


Former Prime Minister, PJ Patterson, remains in hospital this morning following a serious motor vehicle accident at his Upper St. Andrew home last evening.

Patterson is conscious and escaped major injury to his upper body.

However, the former Prime Minister reportedly suffered serious injury to his hip and  knee.

It’s understood that doctors are considering whether to perform surgery on Mr. Patterson in the coming hours.

Nationwide disclosed last evening that Mr. Patterson was rushed to the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies, UHWI, following a motor vehicle accident.

The accident happened at about 7:45 last evening.

It’s understood that the former Prime Minister, who’s 84 years old, lost control of a motor vehicle he was driving and crashed into his gate.

In a statement last night, one of Patterson’s friends, Alston Stewart, said the former Prime Minister was undergoing a complete medical evaluation at the UHWI.

Mr. Stewart confirmed that the accident resulted in Patterson having to be taken to hospital.

Up to late last night, the former Prime Minister was still undergoing evaluation.

Mr. Stewart noted that Mr. Patterson is conscious and surrounded by family and friends.

Stewart promised more information when a full medical assessment is done on Mr. Patterson.

PJ Patterson is one of the Caribbean’s most eminent jurists.

He’s Jamaica’s longest serving Prime Minister, having served between 1992 and 2005.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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