Former Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sir James Mitchell, on Monday, remained in the Intensive Care Unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after falling ill in Bequia, his hometown, more than a week earlier.
The 90-year-old politician, who is the only person alive who was a Parliamentarian at the time of Independence on Oct. 27, 1979, was airlifted to Barbados last week, having been diagnosed with dengue and a number of other health conditions.
In a statement, on Monday, his family said that he continues to receive excellent care and attention from the doctors and nurses and in particular from Dr. Fakoory (head of ICU) and Dr. Emtage as well as one of our very own, Vincentian Dr. Wilson who is also on the ICU team.
Sir James’ St. Vincent-based daughters, Sabrina and Louise have been with him over the past days and his other daughters, Gretel and Gabija, are flying in today from Toronto and London, the statement said, adding that other family members will also visit Sir James.
“He continues to enjoy having his favourite song ‘Don’t Cry for me Argentina’, played for him daily as well as having hymns and other favourite songs sung to him and prayers read, as well as poems including a new favourite, ‘Chant for the Bequia Easter Regatta’, by Richard Dey,” the statement said.
“He has been reciting with his daughters the following evening prayer:’O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in thy mercy grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at last.’ After each reading, he says, ‘Amen!’”
“There has been an overwhelming outpouring of love and support from people at home and all over the world and for this the family is very grateful and humbled. We ask that you continue to lift him up in your thoughts and prayers.”
Sir James, an agronomist, was prime minister from 1984 to October 2000. He founded the main opposition New Democratic Party in 1975.