Former Prime Minister Patrick Manning
Former Prime Minister Patrick Manning

Former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning, suffered a stroke last night and is at the San Fernando General Hospital.

A press release from his constituency office stated:

Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Member of Parliament for San Fernando East, Honourable Patrick Manning last evening suffered a mild stroke.

Mr. Manning is presently undergoing tests and being warded at the San Fernando General Hospital under tight security. Visitation is restricted to his immediate family. The public will be reliably informed as updates arise.

Mr. Manning and his family would like to thank everyone for their continued prayers and support.

UPDATE: 8: 10 AM

Unconfirmed reports state that Mr. Manning is suffering with paralysis of the right side of his body. Unconfirmed reports further state that Cuban doctors are on the way to Trinidad to join the local medical team that is attending to him.



Tuesday, January 24 2012

FORMER Prime Minister Patrick Manning, 65, has been warded at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the San Fernando General Hospital after suffering a stroke on Monday night.

Although the stroke has been described as mild, it is understood that Manning has displayed symptoms of paralysis on the left side of his body.

It has been reported that Manning’s doctors from Cuba have been summoned to attend to him. (Manning has a history of being treated in Cuba where he has undergone several medical procedures included a surgery to remove a cancerous kidney in 2008). He also has a long standing heart condition.

Speaking with reporters this morning at the San Fernando General Hospital, Manning’s wife, Hazel, said her husband will be kept for “a few days” at the hospital on doctors’ orders.

“He is resting comfortably and they are going to keep him for a few days again,” she said. “They are doing a number of tests on him and hopefully at the end of the time maybe they could tell us exactly what has happened.”

“Between the time that the stroke took place and now he has improved. They have to do more tests. They have done a battery of tests. He is partially paralysed.”

Hazel said her husband has been attempting to speak but has been unable to.

“He is attempting to get up and attempting to speak. He is recognising people and recognising what is being said. The doctors are pleased with what they are seeing. He is attempting to talk.”,154210.html

Manning suffers stroke
Worried supporters gathered outside the Accident and Emergency Department of the San Fernando General hospital early this morning as news spread that former Prime Minister Patrick Manning had suffered a cerebral embolism (stroke).

Manning in Intensive Care
Former Prime Minister warded at San Fernando Hospital


Dr. Keith Rowley’s Statement on Patrick Manning

Good morning,

I am saddened at the news that former political leader of the PNM and Prime Minister Mr. Patrick Manning Member of Parliament for San Fernando East has been hospitalised. The news came as a complete surprise since only as recently as Friday last we were discussing matters of health and Mr. Manning was in good spirits and spoke positively of his fitness, diet and exercise regime.

At this time of great stress and serious concern we stand with the Manning family and call upon the party and the entire national community to pray for a speedy and complete recovery for a man who has given forty unbroken years of sterling service to our nation and the region.

On my own behalf and that of my family, the PNM particularly the constituency of Diego Martin West we join the rest of the nation in expressing our deep concern and positive expectations that all would be well, that Mr Manning will soon return to the active life he knew and loved.


Dr. Keith Rowley
Leader of the Opposition
Political Leader of the PNM and
MP for Diego Martin West


  1. Patrick Manning has my prayers, that the Heavenly Father Yahweh will lift up his face toward him, smile upon him, bless him with the healing he needs, and give him and his family the strength to endure this trial, and peace.

    May he come back strengthened and renewed after this, walking an even closer walk with God than before, and able to continue to serve in whatever way the Creator has ordained. And when finally he is called to his rest, as must we all, and his life is held to account, may he find his place among the servants of God and of his people, as one who was called, chosen, and faithful.


    1. “May he come back strengthened and renewed after this, walking an even closer walk with God than before, and able to continue to serve in whatever way the Creator has ordained.” Yeah Yaharouba, but did he not learn from ‘de BuddahBlackSunGod ,stolen st James Bible ,’dat ‘vengence is mine?’
      Had he forgave ,70 times seven ,AS ADMONISHED by your kinky head Jesus, and so left Mason Hall kid ,Dr Rowley, to steady the PNM sinking ship, that he Patrick skuttled, like that barbarian Italian Captain , he would not have suffered this fate, YES?
      Had he not tried to walk in de too grand , neo imperial big shoes, of his mentor Papa deffy Eric aka Egomaniac Father of the Nation- who in 1981 died like a lonely,unloved zandolee, in office -he would be sipping Margaritas with Hazel in Puerto Rico , or Santo Domingo ,on a sunny beach , pretending to read a book , while fixated , and peering over his dark shades ,on the skinny lasses walking by.
      Sometimes due to past misdeeds inflicted on others , it is claimed, dat the revengeful , all seeing Master ,would place you on your back to look up, and when as in the case of Patios, dis happens, even the most skillful of Cuban ,foreign doctors , far away in Havana ,cannot save you.
      Well, I take dat back YorubaIsraelite , for some of us , unlike you , does not believe in fear mongering , fantasy stories ,of blue eyed ,blond hair ,sky heaven God, and why? Heaven , hell, good ,evil , and the devil ,is all located withing us. Do good, and get your reward here , do wrong , and you would suffer in this lifetime.
      Seeing that you finally agree with me that ,that god of mayhem, famine, wars, slavery ,and distruction ,has caused so much harm amongst our people , ain’t it time we begin the task of their reeducation ,along a new part?
      As for T&T , others have their paganistic , toe kissing class discriminatory gods, and it works for them , but as for the chosen people, scattered and lost like sheep, in de wilderness – be they Muslims, Christians or what ever they wish to call them selves…. well, nuff saidon dis subject , so repeat after me my fried ‘ something is good if it works , ‘ ennnt?
      Your call!
      Luv Humanity!

      1. Neal,

        Patrick Manning’s day of judgment has not yet arrived. And when it does, I am glad that judgment will be at the hand of a merciful Yahweh, who promises to “abundantly pardon”.

        There is none who has not sinned, you and me included, and I would stipulate that Patrick Manning, too, has erred, and sinned, both. Therefore, as for you and me, so too for Patrick Manning.

        Were you in his position, I would pray the same for you. And since you exhort us to “luv humanity”, I would hope you would do the same for me.

        As for me, I accept the admonishment of Scripture to “love my neighbour *as* myself”. Therefore I pray for my Israelite brother, Patrick Manning, as I would have my brother pray for me, and as I would pray for myself.

        Oh, and btw, until the day of judgment, there is always hope that one may be deserving of abundant pardon, as you should know: “But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.” (Ezekiel 18:21-22)

        You my brother are also Israelite, therefore the stricture and the promise stated by Ezekiel applies equally to you as it does to Patrick Manning. From where I sit, Patrick Manning appears to have a better chance of enjoying the promise, for he at least understands that it is to the Book of Yahweh that he must look for instruction as to what is good and right in the eyes of the Most High God Yahweh.

        In that regard, I am here to tell you that you are in violation, at least of Commandments 1 through 5, which puts you on a path that in Scriptural terms is a foregone and unwelcome conclusion in the lake of fire, unless you accept the *stricture* of Ezekiel 18:21-22 that is necessary to avail of the promise.

        Now, as to “something is good if it works”, that is Satanic doctrine, in the same vein as, “if it feels good, do it!”. I’m sorry to say so, but your “A” Level teacher has misled you. If you would think instead of emote your way through life’s ethical and moral conundrums, it should immediately be apparent what is wrong with that precept. I leave that as an exercise to you and the reader. But I will leave you one clue: it all depends on what is meant by “it works”.

        If you think sunning on a beach in Santo Domingo is proof of what works, I can see straightaway that your mind is running on a track laid down by Satan to deceive you. “The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?” (Job 9:24).

        If you use a materialist yardstick to judge moral merit, you are seriously deluded, and you have not even understood the Buddhist faith that you profess. I have no problem with Buddhism btw, for Buddhists. But for Israelites it would be like Daniel aspiring to be like the wise and learned men of Babylon who could *not* interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Wake up my brother!

        I urge you seriously to consider that the many wicked who are rich, are rich as a matter of *consolation*, for that is all they are ever going to get in the eternal scheme of things: “But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.” (Luke 6:24).

        Therefore the rich are not to be envied, and their possessions certainly not to be coveted (recall Commandment 10).

        You are a Tobagonian, so I am sure that the village it took to raise you, taught you otherwise. “And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of Yahweh doth man live.” (Deuteronomy 8:3). Your forefathers stumbled about in the desert for 40 years to be taught a lesson, which remained enculturated in your Tobagonian forebears, that you now seem to have forgotten. I am sure your wise grandmother would have warned you about “eating de bread de devil knead”.

        Here is the precept that, as an Israelite, subject to the strictures and promises of the Holy Covenant, you should heed and preach:

        “Love and fear God, and keep his commandments!”

        It is in that precept that you will find Yahweh’s mercy, and gift of eternal life, as well as peace and understanding in this life. Everything else is derivative.

        as I pray also for Patrick Manning, may Yahweh lift up his face toward you, smile upon you, and give you, peace.


        Isaiah 55:7.
        Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto Yahweh, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

        Matthew 6:14-15.
        14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
        15But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

  2. To Mrs. Hazel Manning and Family
    It was very sad to read the news this morning about the former Prime Minister’s illness.” More things are wrought by prayers than this world dreams off.” My wish and plea to the entire country Trinidad and Tobago is to indulge in fervent prayers for his speedy

  3. To the Family of Hon. Patrick Manning;

    Let not your Heart be troubled, God’s will be done for a speedy recovery for the former PM, Mr.Manning.

    We are keeping him in our prayer. Love and God’s Blessing.

    MC Rich and Family

  4. Mr. Manning may the Lord God who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that you can ask or think, give you grace and peace and good health. I pray that you allow him to be the Lord of your life as you go through this period of illness know that he is able to keep that which you have committed to him.

    The Lord bless and keep you safe in Jesus name.

  5. This page shows the basic decency of Trini people, quite a contrast from some bloggers on other papers. The great physician will lift him up, and do his will.
    Neal however, makes me want to throw up.
    I too lift prayers for hus well being, but I also pray that we who are Christians know to submit our will to that of the creator.
    Whatever the outcome, this man revitalized the skyline of Port of Spain, was PM for longer than any other leader, and demitted office after the last election with tremendous dignity. He never challenged the results, as is NORMAl in third world countries. He did not rally his supporters to pull out their guns and take to the streets, as happens in so many places, nor did he threaten that his supporters will regret their “treachery” like Panday did. His conduct during the last few weeks immediately before and after the election was a class act.
    I salute him for this, unequivocally.

    The silence of the Present Prime Minister is deafening.

  6. we pray for Mr Manning’s full and speedy recovery. God is able to do abundantly and above all that we can ask or think and healing is His children’s bread so we are praying and trusting God to bring Mr Manning on his feet again to give Him praise and our prayers are with Mr Manning and his family, may Almighty God heal and bless you all.

  7. Mr. Manning deserve the prayers of all christians. As political leader and PM there were lots of good things and some not so good but on balance he has done a lot for Trinidad and Tobago. The pagans who till this day continue to muddy the waters of his legacy use every opportunity to promote his achievements as that of their making. We are now governed by lies and deceit but good will always conquer over evil. They do not even have the decency to utter a word of condolence to a man who served unselfishly to the betterment of all Trinbagonians. Incidents like this is what emblazone the character of those who govern and each day we are more enlightened to see the selfishness of their ways. We know thatr Mr. Manning did not have much confidence in the kind of treatment he would get by the medical professionals in our institutions but as god would have it, this is an opportunity to show that they have the moral fiber to be of good service to him and his family. We do not have to like each other but as people who occupy a little piece of land we can be civil to each other and maybe, just maybe we can add a little bit of goodwill to show that Christians and Pagans can be of service to each other. May God bless Mr. Manning and his family.

    Ah tell you, these self serving, vindictive creatures. Let me guess, Basdeo and daugher ,could pay personal visits , but not Tobago Mason Hall kid,Dr Rott, the leader of his political party, simply because he prevented his further governmental abuse of Afrikans, along with politically clueless , female side kick ,Hazel.What a sad despicable bunch these Afro Trini elites, and so they think folks with a brain are not savvy enought to figure out the motive for this publicly embarassing , political slight?
    By the way Neal , listen , as the rabid fans, defend this obvious stupidity- which incidentally plays into the hands of others with sinister purposes. Speaking about fake Christian fans.Tell dem, don’t worry, as I propose to answer each of them individually, on their over the top denounciations for yours truly.
    Just trying to recover from eating a piece of birthday black cake , laced with Vat 19, and Angustoura bitters.
    Not sure if my pleasure, emanated from living to see another year , or rather hopeful exuberance ,over de news of the final demise of , well.., don’t quote me , but just, …fill in de blanks, hummm?
    Forget de tribe , and instead Luv Humanity!

  9. Thank you for providing the link Neal. The news of Mr. Manning’s stroke is deeply troubling and saddening. I pray for his speedy recovery.

    One thing does trouble me, though; wouldn’t make sense for the attending physicians in Mr. Manning’s case to consult with the Cuban doctors that he has been accustomed to seeing in order to get a better idea of his case history? I am sure that the doctors taking care of Manning know better, but I hope that Brian Manning did not make this statement out of fear of potential political reprisal from the United States government (where at times the pettiness regarding Cuba descends into the theatre of the absurd).

    I just hope that common sense and sound medical reasoning prevail in this trying time.

  10. I am deaf person. I still pray for you. Jesus touch you heal best now. Jesus knows your life. people love you Trinidad and Tobago. I hope you stand strong in faith. I wish you go back Prime Minister again!! we love you.

  11. You are too generous trinamerican ,but seriously, we put too much credence into the American fear mongering , as a means for our cowardly leaders ,to do nada ,to advance the cause of our people. Ever heard about the ACP States my friend?
    Well , as I have alluded , we have more to gain by embracing our neighbors ,led by Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Chile ,Peru , and in the case of medical Super power Cuba? Nuff said. It only has what, some ‘70,000 doctors, and presently , 25,000 young people ,studying medicene, thus making it ,the largest educators of doctors in the world – 10 times that of USA.’
    As long as this seeing cris can draw some much needed attention to the disgusting Health Service situation in my country , I am happy.
    My concerns are not for leaders with means ,who can enjoy fine life sustaining care across the globe, but would hope to hear of ways ,that we can be better able to replicate the succcesses of other nations , due to the prudent actions of truly autentic patriots.
    In the same breath , if Asia can bring positive technological fallouts for our country , I am all for bridgebuilding. The question remains, what is T&T’s end game in terms of policies? Is there any room for expats ready , and able ,to bring some of their own intellectual, and financial resources home , and invest? Your guess is as good as mind.


    Yes ,I know Sistaz Linda , but did your ex PM likewise make you feel to vomit too , when he made his callous , insensitive remarks, at the unfortunate demise, some time ago , of an innocent, low caste Lavantille female kid?,102566.html

    Did you feel like vomiting, as you contemplate the plight of fellow citizens from Tobago, who for decades , had to not only endure subpar economic justice treatment , but fail state Health Service , as they repeatedly was forced to hop on expensive planes, to get emergency attentions, in POS, since their old rickety hospital in Scarborough, was in dire need of repair , as it was constructed , when Queen Victoria , was a 10 year old Virgin?
    As you enjoy your pick of the litter , of 5 star Health treatment at lofty Huston Texas Hospitals, ranging from Christus St Johns , to Memorial Hermann,did you shed a tear , as you vomit , at the thought, that your Patrick – unlike thousands of desperate Trinis, who had to endure race mongrel Dr Goopiesing’s trained ,phony doctors in T&T- could visit his Socialist pal Castro’s, high end hospitals in Havana , for better care?
    Each time you went in the past to the voting booth in your new found home of Texas ,to vote for that phony Christian, mentally challenged, NRA Gun nut Governor of yours , did you vomit at the thought, of how many innocent folks ,chiefly of color, he might have sent to their death, via a barbaric Capital punishment, or are you still vomiting at the fact that he embarrassed himself , and an entire State call Texas ,in his recently concluded paltry efforts, win a single GOP Primary ,to go up against your President, Uncle O?
    As I told you folks on dis here information highway , I am not a fan of any , neo imperialist ,so called leader, in my country, be they past or present, especially when I suspect that they do not have the full interest of our hodgepodge, 1.3 million and growing population.
    It is however your right to do, and say what please on any subject -including praise Patios, and Papa deffy Eric , for building a few multi story, white elephant buildings ,or subsidize ungrateful Caribbean islanders, even as folks in 90% of de party’s constituencies, don’t have basic running water -but all I admonish ‘you alls ,’ to do, is Luv humanity , and have some empathy- not only for immoral elites-but the poor weak, powerless, demonized, and downtrodden ,yes?
    We wish our people well.

  13. Jesus is a true healer. Mr Manning I pray you are healed in Jesus name. My family will continue to keep you in our prayers

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