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Jun 7, 2012

Doctors say Simplis Barrow’s heart failure incurable, but manageable

Kim Simplis Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow returned from Miami this afternoon. He spent the last two weeks at the side of his wife Kim Simplis Barrow, who experienced complications relating to breast cancer treatment. The chemotherapy and related drugs damaged her heart which is down to fifteen percent of its strength. Radiation treatment has been discontinued and Simplis Barrow has now been released from the Baptist Hospital, but is still in Miami. News Five spoke to the Prime Minister who responded with candor to questions on her prognosis. According to the P.M., the damage is mostly incurable but the family still has hope that the situation can be managed.


Dean Barrow

Dean Barrow

“Well she’s certainly better. She was released from the hospital on Saturday, but it’s going to be tough going forward. As you know she sustained heart failure; severe damage to the heart and that we’ve been told by the doctors is incurable. So it’s a matter of trying to manage things as best we can and as best the doctors can. But she’s feeling well enough at the moment and certainly grateful for once again the tremendous outpouring of support from people here at home. So I, of course, join her in saying a great big thank you.”


Jules Vasquez, 7 News

“And how is your family, yourself coping?”


Dean Barrow

“Alright. It’s been a rough week, but certainly once she got out the hospital and started looking and feeling much better, naturally my spirits also rose. It is always at the back of my kind and I’m sure at the front of hers that of course this is serious business—this heart failure—and the radiation for the cancer had to be discontinued because with her heart in the condition it’s in, she can’t take any more radiation. In fact the feeling is that it’s the radiation together with one of the chemotherapy drugs that caused the damage to the heart. But she’s been started on a drug called tamoxiphen to try to help to keep the cancer from occurring even as she then takes four other drugs to deal with the effort to regulate her heart. The heart failure means that the heart is not pumping blood as it should—ten to fifteen percent—and to try to compensate, the heart beats very fast resulting in tackicardia. They were able to, and there is also a fluid back up, fluid build up. They have her on diuretics and on medication that regulates the heartbeat. And as I said, the fluid seems to have gone—the fluid from around the heart and in the lungs—and certainly the rate of her heartbeat has stabilized with the medication. They will watch it for another couple of weeks and if she continues to be stable, then she can come home where I hope that Dr. Adrian Coye will take over in terms of trying to monitor her as she moves forward. The long-term prospects are not encouraging. What was indicated to us was that you manage heart failure in people of an advanced age. It’s hard to think about managing heart failure for somebody who’s forty years old; if that person expects to live a normal lifespan. So it’s rough, but she is, as usual, extremely optimistic, extremely determined, in good spirits and so it is just a matter of one day at a time.”


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6 Responses for “Doctors say Simplis Barrow’s heart failure incurable, but manageable”

  1. Charlie Price says:

    It’s the treatment that does you in…not the cancer.

  2. bmp chic says:

    my hearth goes out to her, sad

  3. Iniate says:

    Yeah, I can’t quite believe that drugs and chemotherapy are still considered the “best” cures for cancer. I thought that was old school by now.

    Herbs and other natural healing are the future, AND have been the past for most of time too.

  4. Tiffany says:

    Raw food diet, including green smoothies n green juicing treats diseases including cancers

  5. Kinky says:

    All a dem ya bush dakta

  6. Carla says:

    There are a lot of cancer treatments that include radiation and chemotheraphy that are targeted to the affected areas only and cause minimal damage to the heart. These treatments are done with probes that enter the body through small surgical incisions, thus allowing the treatment to be released in smaller doses, as opposed to blasting a person with radiation all over!!! There are also outpatient oral treatments that less invasive and less hazardous to the heart. I think they should have gotten a second and a third opinion. Unfortunately, damage to the heart is irriversible and I wish them all the best.

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