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May 16, 2018

P.M.’s Aching Back May Need Surgery

Dean Barrow

The prime minister’s personal health, more specifically, complications he has been having with his back, has forced him to take short leaves of absence while seeking medical treatment abroad.  Today, he gave an update on his general physical condition and informed that undergoing surgery would have him out of office for two to three months.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I’ve traveled in connection with medical consultations.  I want to make clear that those consultations have always been and will continue to be about my infernal back.  There is as far as I know nothing else wrong with me.  In all other respects I am to use that colorful, perhaps somewhat inappropriate expression, as healthy as a horse.  How could you be compared with a horse when you could hardly walk, much less gallop or run.  But please know that that is all that has troubled me and I go again next week to consult yet another, and I wouldn’t say another magician, that they have proven not to be, another physician in terms of the respective merits of surgery and stem cell treatments.  There, ah gih unu all mi business, but again, as Boots would say, as honest as I could.  But let me take the opportunity to say that I have been considering my options long and hard because if I do proceed with surgery that will mean that I’ll be laid up for quite a while and I will be out of the country for two to three weeks and even when I come back I will not be able to go into office for something like three months.  That’s why I’m trying to postpone things for as long as possible and if I can in any way avoid surgery that’s what I want to do, but it is becoming more and more problematic.”

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