House Speaker, Leonne Theodore-John, was discharged Wednesday from Tapion hospital, telling St Lucia Times that she did not have a heart attack.
Recounting events that took place in parliament Tuesday night, Theodore-John said she felt strange.
“My back was hurting and at one point I felt that I had serious pains in my chest and I had difficulty breathing,” she told St Lucia Times.
Theodore-John recalled that she was rushed to Tapion hospital where she was seen by the Doctor who was on call.
She said the resident specialist was summoned and several tests were done.
“My heart is good. It was not a heart attack – I am fine. I was seriously stressed,” the Speaker explained.
She disclosed that her blood pressure was ‘very high’.
“They kept me overnight for observation to control the blood pressure level – I was heavily medicated so that I could sleep and have a good night’s rest,” Theodore-John stated.
“We did the EKG again this morning – we did a heart scan and everything is good with my heart. It was not a heart attack but it was stress-related and I also did a stress test this morning, so all is well,” the House Speaker told St Lucia Times.
She said she was given medication to rest and sleep.
The Speaker’s illness has revived the debate over the need to appoint a Deputy Speaker.
Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, told reporters Wednesday that Tuesday evening’s incident involving Theodore-John’s sudden illness was not something that happens on a regular basis.
He expressed the hope that the matter of the non-appointment of a Deputy Speaker would be ‘amicably resolved’ in the future.
“In terms of the government and the people’s business, it is proceeding- there is nothing that is interfering with the people’s business,” Chastanet asserted.
“There was only one bill that we didn’t get done and we are going to meet today to determine when the next date is going to be – more than likely December 5, and on December 5 we will continue the people’s business,” the prime minister explained.