Tuesday, August 23, 2011

[pima.nius] Sir Michael Somare is discharged from hospital

11:27 AM |

Sir Michael Somare is discharged from hospital

Updated August 23, 2011 17:16:21

Papua New Guinea's former Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has been discharged from a Singapore hospital following a heart surgery 4 months ago and is expected to return in a few weeks' time.

His son Arthur Somare says his father's condition has improved a lot and he's now able to walk and eat well.

He says Sir Michael should be be able to return in time to celebrate PNG's 36 years of independence next month.

Presenter: Firmin Nanol
Speaker: Arthur Somare, son of former PNG Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare

SOMARE: From the last time I saw him which was several weeks back before many of the issues started to confront us over here, he was fragile, but his recovery is absolutely fantastic. He is walking, he is eating regular meals, he's certainly got an appetite to start reading again, and keeping himself informed at this stage. And there's clarity there. I wouldn't say 100 per cent, but from a family perspective I am very, very happy with his present recovery. As of yesterday he's checked out of the Singapore hospital, he's now out of Raffles, he has a unit eight minutes away from Raffles from the hospital, he'll be there for a little while longer to ensure that all the appropriate medical care is still with him for that duration of his stay there, and I hope that in the very near future, sometime in the next couple of weeks he'll be back in Papua New Guinea again. So I'm delighted at my father's recovery.

NANOL: Any reaction when you served him the documents and told him about what is happening here, any word from him?

SOMARE: He had been briefed by Sam Abal a while back, and again we don't want to inundate him with work at this particular time, suffering the trauma of three surgeries and then being bombarded.

NANOL: After these four-five months of him being in hospital, we haven't seen any pictures of him since then, you embracing him and hugging him, him sitting on the chair, Sir Michael, that picture you put it out and it came in the front page. I mean that is a big decision the family made to put this picture out, I mean any particular reasons why that was done?

SOMARE: I think it coincides with his recovery from hospital itself. He was checked out yesterday from the Raffles hospital, we are confident that his road to recovery, his health has improved to such an extent that it's now ok to put out a picture as such, and essentially to thank the people of PNG who have been always dedicating him in their prayers. And we're delighted with the response and the support that the whole of the community give him at this particular time to give that support, we just wanted to show to them that the prayers and their thoughts and their kind commitments that they've given over these last four months were not in vain. He has substantially improved in his health, he's not 100 per cent, but he's very much on his way to restoring as good a health as you can after three surgeries.

NANOL: When will we see our old man back, that's the question that people will ask after seeing this picture?

SOMARE: I'm hoping very, very soon, as I said obviously he's still fragile and frail from three surgeries, you would be at the age of 76 years of age. As soon as we are comfortable that he can make that long journey, eight hour by airplane back bai mipela bringim em kam bek.


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