Amid claims that leader of the newly-formed Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) Ronnie Skelton may be unfit to potentially lead the territory as the next Premier because of health issues, the former NDP legislator has made it clear that he is not unwell.
“Am I looking after my health, am I paying attention? Yes, I am. As a matter of fact, I just came back from the Mayo Clinic to make sure that I can live another day,” Skelton said at a recent conference with members of the media.
“My health is not perfect … [but] is this going to kill me tomorrow? I don’t think so,” added Skelton who, up till recently, served as the Minister of Health in the NDP government.
And when specifically asked whether his health is projected to become a concern in the next five to 10 years, Skelton replied, ‘no’.
Questions about Skelton’s health surfaced sometime after it was reported that he was, in fact, leading the PVIM, which currently has seven candidates to contest the upcoming general election.
These questions surrounding the legislator’s health may have been linked to a major medical procedure Skelton underwent after he suffered a pulmonary embolism some two decades ago.
A pulmonary embolism, effectively, is the sudden blockage (a clot) of a major blood vessel in the lung. Such a blockage can stop the flow of blood in the lung which can be deadly.