AFC’s Nigel Hughes admitted to Caribbean Heart Institute + updates

AFC’s Nigel Hughes admitted to Caribbean Heart Institute

(Demerara Waves) – 17 March 2013


AFC’s Nigel Hughes

Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Nigel Hughes Sunday morning [March 17] around 7:30 arrived at the Caribbean Heart Institute, having suffered a heart attack during a visit on Saturday to South Rupununi.

Hughes, said to be in his 50s, appeared alert as he was being wheeled out of an ambulance to the CHI which is housed in the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) complex. He was accompanied in the ambulance by his wife, Cathy Hughes.

A team of doctors including a number of other heart specialists were on standby to receive Hughes.     

He should have arrived around 3 AM Sunday but he was delayed because the vehicle that was bringing him out of MarudiMountain developed mechanical problems, according to sources.

Eventually, another vehicle collected and took him to AishaltonHospital where he was stabilized. The Roraima Airways flight departed Aishalton around 5 AM.

Those aboard included a heart specialist, a nurse and two Guyana Defence Force soldiers.

Hughes had gone to Lethem, Aishalton and Marudi to meet with residents, including gold miners who the police and Guyana Geology and Mines Commission had two weeks ago sought to evict from a concession granted to the Canadian company, Romanex.

UPDATE: March 17, 2013 – 15.38.  (Demerara Waves)

Nigel Hughes being stabilized for bypass surgery overseas

Prominent Attorney-at-Law and Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Nigel Hughes would have to undergo heart bypass surgery because the right artery is badly clogged, making the insertion of a stent impossible, according to close associates.

They say that Hughes,49, was being stabilized to be flown to Trinidad for surgery. Sources said it would be easier for Hughes to go overseas rather than assemble a team and equipment to come here.

Officials close to the Caribbean Heart Institute (CHI) said that in addition to the right artery being 75 percent clogged, his blood sugar was high, making it risky for the bypass to be done locally. Efforts were also made to perform an angioplasty to widen or open the vessel.

His wife, Cathy Hughes, and the AFC have not made any official comment on his condition.

Associates said Hughes had experienced symptoms during his visit on Saturday to Marudi but had apparently ignored them and continued his political work with miners who authorities plan to evict from the concession. The mining area has been allocated to a Canadian company, Romanex.

Updated: Nigel Hughes walking, to leave for heart bypass shortly

(Demerara Waves) – 17 March 2013: Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Nigel Hughes could leave by Tuesday for a heart bypass surgery in Trinidad following a heart attack on Saturday in the Rupununi, according to well-placed sources.

Hughes, who was confined to a stretcher from Aishalton, South Rupununi to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and receiving oxygen, was early Sunday night  up and about.

He was seen walking unaided and comfortably inside the GPHC-based Caribbean Heart Institute (CHI) around 7:37 PM on Sunday night. He waved to a DemWaves reporter.

Close associates of Hughes said that at first he was being prepared for medical evacuation aboard an air ambulance, but now that he has been stabilized and can walk on his own he could leave by Tuesday on a regular commercial flight.


Georgetown. Guyana  March 18, 2013

The Alliance For Change wishes to say “Thank You” to the thousands who came forward to support the Party’s chairman Mr. Nigel Hughes.

The AFC especially thanks President Donald Ramotar who immediately offered the services of the Guyana Defence Force, Minister of Health Dr. Bheri Ramsarran and the doctors, technicians and nurses of the Caribbean Heart Institute, Captain Gerry Gouveia and Roraima Airways, Members of Parliament and other political activists

We know that the entire AFC family and thousands of ordinary Guyanese were praying for Mr. Hughes and on behalf of his family, we say “Thank You”. your prayers provided comfort and strength during a very trying time.

We wish to assure all our supporters and friends, those who called or sent messages or were there with us, that your support helped.

Mr. Hughes is resting comfortably at the CHI and the doctors and nurses are providing excellent care.

Please continue to pray for his full recovery.

March 18, 2013

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  • Pauline Franklin  On 03/17/2013 at 2:34 pm

    This is just another challenge in life my brother. This too shall pass. During this Lenten season our savior is being tried in many ways; like him, this too shall pass. Our prayers are with you. See you back at what you like doing best very soon.

  • Penelope Harris  On 03/17/2013 at 11:22 pm

    Get well soon. Life is full of challenges. I pray for you and your family that you will soon be back on your feet

  • Keith Watts  On 03/18/2013 at 12:13 pm

    Get well soon you are in my prayers.

  • francis jackson  On 03/20/2013 at 3:45 pm

    A passage of scripture from the book of Psalm, Chapter 107, vs 1.

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