Former PM PJ Patterson To Undergo Surgery


Confirmation has come from the PNP that former Prime Minister, PJ Patterson is to undergo surgery tomorrow following a motor vehicle accident at his Upper St. Andrew home yesterday.

Our news center reported this morning that doctors are contemplating whether to recommend that Patterson does surgery.

Mr. Patterson injured his hip and knee during the accident.

A statement this afternoon from the PNP said the medical team attending to Mr. Patterson has completed its medical evaluation.

The PNP says doctors have determined that Mr. Patterson suffered injuries to his right knee and right hip.

According to the PNP, the former Prime Minister will undergo surgery tomorrow at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

The Patterson’s medical team is being led by Dr. Kenneth Vaughn who’s a Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon at the UHWI.

The PNP says Mr. Patterson’s medical team say they expect the former Prime Minister to make a full recovery with the appropriate medical treatment.

According to the PNP, Mr. Patterson’s family has expressed sincere appreciation for the many expressions of best wishes which have been pouring in from many Jamaicans.

The PNP say the former Prime Minister has so far been visited at hospital by Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton,  and Minister with responsibility for Education, Karl Samuda.

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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