UPDATE: Patterson to have hip replacement surgery

Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson is to do hip replacement surgery, the Senate was informed this afternoon.

This information was relayed to members of the Senate, which was meeting at Gordon House, by the Leader of Opposition Business, Senator Donna Scott Mottley.

She informed the Senate that Patterson was scheduled to undergo six hours of surgery, starting at 9:00 am today, and would have to do the hip replacement surgery, as well, at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).

“Even now he might still be there (at the hospital) and we want to wish him a speedy recovery,” Senator Scott Mottley said.

Leader of Government Business, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, responded that the Government members were also hoping for a speedy recovery and a successful surgery.

“A word of sympathy and strength to his family and friends who, undoubtedly, are concerned for his well-being, and we ask that we will hear shortly of his return home and being fit and ready to continue to play his role,” she added.

Patterson, the 84-year-old veteran politician who served as Jamaica’s sixth prime minister between 1992 and 2005, was admitted to the Tony Thwaites Wing of the hospital in Mona on Monday, after a motor vehicle mishap at his home in St Andrew shortly after 7:00 pm.