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Dec 12, 2016

Prime Minister Has Colonic Ulcer, Hopes it’s Not Cancer

Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow returned home to Belize on Saturday night, following a week-long trip to New York where he met with a team of structuring advisors and lawyers, ahead of a meeting with the Belize Coordinating Committee which represents bondholders.  The meeting with Citigroup officials and attorney Lee Buchheit to discuss government’s objectives for reshaping the Super Bond was the purpose of the working visit; however, the PM took ill during his stay and had to seek medical attention.  He was hospitalized overnight after experiencing pain in his lower abdomen.  Because the symptoms persisted, PM Barrow visited a gastroenterologist who ran a battery of tests and later discovered a lesion on his colon.  Samples of tissue were also taken and it is expected that the results of the biopsy will be in by the end of the week.  For now, the prime minister is relieved that the ulcer on his colon is not malignant.  News Five caught up with him at the airport upon his arrival.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I’m feeling basically okay.  I had to have a CT scan done and a colonoscopy.  I have a lesion on my colon which the CT scan identified and that’s why I had to do a colonoscopy thereafter.  The tissue samples have been extracted and sent for a biopsy but the doctor who did the colonoscopy is somebody of vast experience and he is pretty certain, from what he sees, that it is not cancer, as the CT scan had suggested it might be.  I still have to await the results of the biopsy but this guy has tremendous experience and so I am convinced that he is correct.  He thinks it’s rather a colonic ulcer which is clearly treatable, it has to be managed but that is clearly a completely different story from what had been feared after the CT scan.  So, I’m feeling good and I’m feeling relieved and basically that’s what it is.”

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1 Response for “Prime Minister Has Colonic Ulcer, Hopes it’s Not Cancer”

  1. spike says:

    It’s no surprise the PM has health issues. His country is a monumental mess!

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