Pneumonia was this afternoon added to the medical woes of Former Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Sir James Mitchell.
News784 was informed of this development on Wednesday afternoon by Sir James’ son-in-law Dwight “Bing” Joseph.
Pneumonia is an infection that inflames your lungs’ air sacs (alveoli). The air sacs may fill up with fluid or pus, causing symptoms such as a cough, fever, chills and trouble breathing.
Sir James was airlifted out of St Vincent sometime around 3.45 pm and flown to Barbados to undergo advanced medical treatment.
Sir James took a fall in his kitchen about four months ago and had been experiencing minor health challenges since then. However, on Saturday, he was treated for gallstone at the Port Elizabeth hospital and was later rushed to Kingstown in the night.
The former Prime Minister was diagnosed with Dengue Fever when he was admitted to the MCMH in Kingstown.
Following the diagnosis, the family’s call for blood donation has been overwhelming, according to Joseph.
“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.
The state has covered the cost to have the former Prime Minister flown to Barbados.