Dominica’s Health Minister, Julius Timothy, who was air lifted to Martinique a week ago after he collapsed at his home from a mild stroke, is said to be making steady progress and is expected back home soon to continue his recovery progress.
“All I can say to you is that he is making steady progress and we are all happy about that … he is very much aware of his surroundings but his speech has been affected and they (the hospital) are working towards that with him,” a source close to Timothy stated.
There were indications that Timothy was to be flown to Miami for further medical attention and treatment. However, a decision was taken to keep him in Martinique. “The hospital (in Martinique) is packed and he needed urgent help especially with his speech which has been affected and the hospital was saying that they would not have been able to help in that regard until May 7, 2013 but that decision was reversed and so he was allowed to remain there,” the source said.
The source also indicated that the health minister is expected to be back on island some time this week. “We expect him back on island soonest. Tim is upbeat about his recovery and we also expect him to make a full recovery on his return,” the source remarked.
Timothy is 61 years old.