Friday 17 November, 2017

Young: Cuffie in 'high spirits'

Public Administration and Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie is undergoing six hours a day of therapy and rehabilitation at a Washington DC hospital and is in "high spirits".

This is according to Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young who sought to set the record straight about Cuffie's health during a post-Cabinet media conference on Thursday.

Rumours have been circulating about Cuffie's health since a "medical episode" in early September.

Fresh rumours were ignited after claims by political activist and leader of the Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP) Phillip Edward Alexander that Cuffie was brain dead.

This was denied by Cuffie's relatives.

Young said he could personally confirm that Cuffie was doing well.

"I am happy to tell the public of Trinidad and Tobago here today that this morning I spoke to both Minister Maxie Cuffie as well as his wife. They are both in Washington DC. Minister Cuffie is in very high spirits. He is going through a period of specialised rehabilitation that is going very very well," Young stated.

He said Cuffie's family is in constant contact with the Government but also wanted to maintain a certain level of privacy.

Young assured that Cuffie is progressing well in his treatment and therapy and is "ahead of where his doctors want him to be".

"We continue to pray for Minister Maxie Cuffie for a speedy recovery and may he return to Trinidad and Tobago in the near future in good health," Young said.