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Cablegate: Pm Manning Reportedly has Successful Surgery in Cuba

R 181703Z DEC 08
FM AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 9591
INFO EC CARICOM COLLECTIVE
USINT HAVANA

UNCLAS PORT OF SPAIN 000577


STATE FOR WHA/CAR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV CU TD
SUBJECT: PM MANNING REPORTEDLY HAS SUCCESSFUL SURGERY IN CUBA

REF: PORT OF SPAIN 567

1. On December 17, Prime Minister Patrick Manning underwent a
two-hour surgery at the Cimeq Hospital in Havana to remove a
malignant tumor from his left kidney (ref). According to a press
release from the Prime Minister's office, Manning's surgery was
"very successful." Doctors will perform a pathology exam to
determine what, if any, additional treatment is required. The media
report a significant outpouring of good wishes, prayer and support
for the PM from party members, local citizens and even opposition
backers.

2. Up to the time of his surgery, Manning remained in contact with
various Ministers and was said to be fully aware of daily government
business. Manning expects to remain in Cuba until early January for
post-operative care and will not likely campaign for the People's
National Movement (PNM) before the January 19 local elections for
the Tobago House of Assembly take place.

AUSTIN

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