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PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar Hospitalised After Feeling Unwell This A.M.

"I don't know, they are just both swollen, it happens. I think it's a bit of age, it comes with that, but everything is clear with my brain," she said.

2011/09/28 09:34 PM

By: Jeff

Trinidad and Tobago - Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was taken the to the St Clair Medical facility after complaining of being unwell. The prime minister has been hospitalised according to an official press release from the Office of the Prime Minister.

The statement said that the 59-year-old head of government "is presently undergoing medical assessment, examinations and evaluation" at the hospital.

In August the Prime Minister was diagnosed with dengue fever, and earlier this week her five-year-old grandson fell ill from suspected dengue fever at the family's private residence at Philippine.

Kristiano Bissessar, was warded at ward 14 at the San Fernando General Hospital, but has now been released.

"Something fell on her feet," Dr Tim Gopeesingh, the Education Minister, told reporters gathered at St Clair Medical Centre this afternoon.

Persad-Bissessar attended the Hyatt Regency (Trinidad) in Port of Spain this morning around 8.30 a.m. to deliver the feature address at a conference and exhibition on Health, Safety, Security and Environment held by the American Chamber of Industry. The PM walked with a visible limp.

After making her way slowly to the podium, she began her speech by apologising for her ill-health.

"I have a little health and safety challenge myself this morning. As I say good morning to all of you, please forgive me if I do not appear to be in the same way I usually am." (newsday)

The cans which are reported to have fallen on the PM's feet could have lead to the swollen condition, as the injury might have become inflammed, but this could be serious if the PM is also diabetic. Doctors will be monitoring her closely and if she is diabetic, and the foot is inflamed, then antibiotics will be administered aggressively by surgeons in an effort to save the leg.

The Guradian newspaper reports, "Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh said Persad-Bissessar woke up yesterday morning feeling dizzy and exhausted."

The dizziness and exhaustion along with the swollen leg, can be signs of infection, especially if she was also carrying a fever.

Other signs of infection would include, redness, some immobility, pain, and increased heat in the area infected.

Swollen feet can also speak to a heart, or kidney condition.

Our prays are with the PM.

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