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Cuffie back home next month once cleared by medics

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Public Administration Minister Maxie Cuffie is expected back home by month-end once his American doctors allow him to travel.

That’s the word from Cuffie’s La Horquetta-Talparo constituency office manager Ava Quaccoo, with whom the MP keeps in regular contact. And Cuffie himself yesterday also quashed negative social media rumours about his condition.

Cuffie suffered a stroke last September - a second once since 2012 - and was warded at the St Clair Medical Centre. He also underwent surgery. In November he was flown to the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington for therapy and has been there since.

On social media speculation about his condition, Cuffie, on his Facebook page, yesterday denounced alleged statements - including by businessman/politician Phillip Alexander, saying, “I will like him to know that I am more alive, thank God, than the phantom membership of his political party...

“Despite his attempts to traumatise my family, friends, constituents and supporters, I wish to assure them that their prayers continue to be answered as I am well on my way to recovery & I am getting stronger daily.

“The doctors are pleased with my continued progress since my arrival here &, by God’s grace, I shall be back home as soon as they clear me for travel to return home. I am bolstered by my faith in God and the unfailing love of my family and feel born again.”

Yesterday Quarcco said the social media rumours are “ untrue. That’s why he spoke out (this week). He’s doing well - he remembers everything - and has been in regular touch with the office. We call him all the time for advice, I spoke to him up to last Thursday. I believe he’ll return after Carnival, by month-end, once doctors allow him to travel. He’s looking forward to returning,”

PNM La Horquetta-Talparo constituency executive chairman Philip Watts also expects Cuffie back after Carnival.

“He’s in constant touch with the office managers, he normally calls them, so all this about him dying is a joke,” Watts added.

Watts said the executive is also preparing for Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s visit to La Horquetta-Talparo on February 22, when a public meeting will be held.

In Cuffie’s absence, Watts said the executive had organised the constituency in such a way that constituents’ needs would be dealt with, adding “ministers have been invited to the constituency to deal with issues people may have.”

On speculation of a by-election in the constituency, Watts - who’s been chairman since 2009 - said, “We have a strong constituency. I don’t think it’ll come to a by-election. But if it does, I’m very sure PNM will retain the seat the way the executive is managing things. We don’t have a problem.”

Cuffie has regularly sought and obtained Parliamentary leave since falling ill.







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