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Update on condition of Professor Nettleford

For Release Upon Receipt - February 1, 2010

St. Augustine

Update on condition of Professor Nettleford



Professor The Honourable Rex Nettleford, Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, suffered a heart attack on Wednesday, January 20 while in the United States on University business. He was admitted to George Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he is still listed in ‘critical condition’ in the Intensive Care Unit. His condition is being managed by a team of medical experts. The Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor E. Nigel Harris, who are both medical doctors, are in consultation with the medical team attending to Professor Nettleford.


While the concern and anxiety of Jamaicans throughout the diaspora is understandable, the Vice-Chancellor is appealing to concerned friends not to call the hospital, as regular updates issued by the Vice-Chancellery will be released to the media. The prayers and intercession of everyone are being asked for at this time, for the complete recovery of Professor Nettleford, who means so much to people from all walks of life, in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean and the wider West Indian diaspora.


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