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Prime Minister Dean Barrow left the country urgently today to travel to Miami to be with his wife, Kim. According to an official release - she is experiencing complications as a result of her treatment for breast cancer. As we understand it, the PM was supposed to travel later on this week - but the situation carries some urgency, so he travelled today to be with her.

No doubt it is trying, running a country, and managing a spouse's stage 3 cancer, while also raising a small child. On Saturday, the PM took part in the Cancer Walk - and told us about the difficulties of juggling his various responsibilities while managing medical emergencies that arise:..

Dean Barrow, Prime Minister
"She herself is very strong and so that helps me. It's a bit of a juggling act but by and large because the trips abroad are scheduled trips, one is able to plan around them."

"Last week I had to rush out because she had a little bit of a setback. They discovered fluid in her lungs and she had to be hospitalized while the fluid was being extracted and they had to test the fluid. There was a fear that perhaps the cancer might have spread. Thank God the tests don't show that but except for that sort of thing when there is an emergency on schedule trip that I have to make - I am able to balance the two things and nowadays with technology and the ease of communication we are able to keep in touch and be on top of what's happening and so it's been manageable."

"The biggest thing though for her and by extension for me is the out pouring of support on a continuing basis for the people of this country. That's been the prayers, that's been I think the best thing about this whole experience - the way she has been so lucky to have benefitted from this tremendous show of support and genuine sympathy on the part of the Belizean people."

According to a press release, the PM is expected to return this weekend. During his absence Deputy Gaspar Vega will act as Prime Minister.

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Belize Is Praying For You Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow

In times like this, the country should be more united than ever.

I come to you as a Belizean and the humanitarian that I am, asking you to support Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow in this time of need. A little prayer or a little message of support can do wonders in these hard times that the wife of the Prime Minister of Belize find herself in.

If you were not aware about her sickness then let me help to refresh your mind. In a press release from Special Envoy for Women and Children, earlier in November of last year, it stated that Ms. Barrow urgently left the country seeking medical attention.

She was later diagnosed with breast cancer -- a sickness that has haunted women of all ages over the past centuries. Since then she has been in a battle that she never saw coming but has confronted it like the strong person that she is.

Mrs. Kim is a very special person for many of us because of the work done and dedication that she has put to make this Belize a better Belize. Some view her as a friend and some view her as family and the reality is that she is a very kind and sweet person. She has done so many things for us that we are not aware of and that is what makes her a special person.

According to Channel 5 News, Mrs. Kim's cancer treatment has complicated so much that the Prime Minister has left the country to be beside her.

The Prime Minister left the country earlier today for Miami where his wife, Kim Simpliss Barrow is receiving treatment for breast cancer. Simpliss Barrow was re-admitted to the hospital on Sunday evening after developing complications relating to the cancer treatment. Having concluded chemotherapy, she is now receiving radiation. As we understand it, her heart was not pumping to capacity which required her immediate hospitalization. Tests show that Simpliss Barrow has water in her lungs and only ten percent of her heart is functioning. She is also anemic. The Prime Minister will be out of the country for the rest of the week. The D.P.M., Gaspar Vega, will be functioning as acting prime minister.

I don't normally do this on my blog but I come here asking the Belizean community to give Mrs. Kim Barrow the morale support that she needs right now.

You can leave a message of support by clicking on the comments section of this post. Lets come together and make her feel like she as at home, on her sofa, enjoying a nice cup of hot tea. Because let me tell you, nothing more will make her happier than knowing that her whole country is praying for her and wishing her the best in the toughest battle of her life.

"Get well Mrs. Barrow and don't forget that God is always watching and he always answers our prayers" - iBelmopan Blog Team


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Prayer service at St Johns tomorrow, Thursday night, 6-7pm, presided over by Bishop Wright.

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The Prime Minister's wife, Kim Barrow has been released from the hospital in Miami. An official release today confirmed that she is slowly recuperating.

As we reported, she had to be rushed to the emergency room a week ago, and spent five days in intensive care. According to reports her heart muscle was significantly weakened by the treatments she has been receiving to contain stage three breast cancer. Because of her health issues, the Prime Minister - who was supposed to have returned over the weekend - has had to push back his return date to Thursday, 7th June, 2012. Deputy Gaspar Vega, continues to act as Prime Minister.

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