Former Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Sir James Mitchell, who fell ill on Saturday, will be flown to Barbados on Wednesday afternoon for advanced medical treatment.
News784 spoke with Dwight “Bing” Joseph, the son-in-law of Sir James, who told us that Sir James would leave the island sometime around 3.45 pm.
Joseph told News784 that the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines will cover the cost to have the former Prime Minister flown to Barbados.
He further told News784 that the family’s call for blood donation after Sir James was diagnosed with Dengue has been overwhelming.
“It was just phenomenal; persons came from all walks of life to donate blood. The leader of the Opposition, Dr Godwin Friday was the first to do so. Although there is a political divide, individuals from both sides donated blood”.
Joseph told News784 that the former Prime Minister’s platelet count as of Wednesday morning was in the mid-’60s and noted that he was in good spirits.
According to the American Journal of Medicine, Dengue fever can result in a drop in your white blood cell and platelet counts. The average platelet count in the body ranges from 1.5 to 4 lacs; this can go down to as low as 20,000 to 40,000 in the case of dengue patients.
Joseph says Sir James’ care at the island’s main health facility has been exceptional and praised the doctors and nurses for the care of Sir James.
Sir James was Hospitalized at the Port Elizabeth Hospital on Saturday before being rushed via Coast Guard to the mainland.
The former Prime Minister, who is 90 years of age, lives on the Northern Grenadine island of Bequia.