PJ Patterson to undergo surgery following car crash

PJ Patterson to undergo surgery Wednesday (Oct 16) following a crash at his house Monday night.

Former prime minister PJ Patterson is to undergo surgery at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) on Wednesday for injuries sustained to his right knee and hip following a vehicular accident at his home on Monday night (Oct 14).

A statement by the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) said that a medical team led by Dr Kenneth Vaughn, consultant Orthopedic Surgeon at the UHWI, said Patterson is expected to make a full recovery with the appropriate medical treatment.

Patterson, 84, has been visited by Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips as well as Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, and the Minister with responsibility for Education, Youth, and Information, Karl Samuda.

‘It could have been worse, but for the grace of God.’

— Dr Peter Phillips

In its statement, the PNP said that it wished Patterson, the island’s sixth prime minister who served from 1992 to 2005, a speedy and complete recovery.

“On behalf of the leadership, members and supporters, we are all saddened by the news, but heartened because it could have been worse, but for the grace of God,” Phillips said in the statement.