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McDonald kept under observation after falling ill

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Public Administration Minister Marlene McDonald, who fell ill after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting and had to be hospitalised, was expected to be transferred to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex to be monitored overnight.

However, heart attack and stroke were ruled out, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh confirmed yesterday afternoon.

The T&T Guardian learned McDonald fell ill around 11.30 am after the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Diplomatic Centre, Port-of-Spain.

Deyalsingh said colleagues called an ambulance and McDonald was taken to the nearby Port-of-Spain General Hospital’s Accident and Emergency unit and treated.

Deyalsingh and several other Cabinet colleagues, including Ministers Camille Robinson-Regis and Cherrie Ann Crichlow-Cockburn, went to the hospital to follow up on McDonald’s condition.

After speaking with her, Deyalsingh told the T&T Guardian, “She’s alert and recovering. They’ve ruled out heart attack and stroke, she’s much better and she’s conferring with doctors to find out what will be the next step.”

Around 6.15 pm, he added doctors were deciding whether she would be transferred to the EWMSC for monitoring overnight. On when McDonald would be released, Deyalsingh said, “I can’t say, she’s conferring with doctors.”

A release from the Communications Ministry confirmed McDonald did not suffer a heart attack or stroke and tests were being conducted as she was resting comfortably under observation.

McDonald’s illness comes three months after she was returned to Government in March as a minister in what was then the Ministry of Public Administration and Communication. She was brought in after Minister of that Ministry, Maxie Cuffie, had been on medical leave since last September when he suffered a stroke. Cuffie is currently in the US recuperating from neurosurgery and has requested leave from the Parliament for this month.

A month after McDonald’s March appointment, she was elevated to the full post of Minister of Public Administration/Communication. Last week, however, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley split the ministry into two, appointing Young as Minister of Communication and McDonald as Minister of Public Administration.

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