CAY HILL–Suspended Member of Parliament Theo Heyliger is still hospitalized in St. Maarten Medical Center. Visitors are urged by his family ti take into consideration his medical condition and limit the number of visits.
“We are overwhelmed by the support from everyone as we are sure Theo is too. Nothing makes him happier than being able to see family and his people. His medical condition should be taken into consideration by all visitors,” said his wife Grisha Heyliger-Marten on Friday afternoon.
Close to 100 people had visited Heyliger during the 11:30am to 12:20pm and the 3:30pm to 4:30pm visitors’ slots at SMMC. More were expected at the 6:00pm to 7:30pm time slot.
Unlike the restricted visiting times at Pointe Blanche Prison, visitation at SMMC falls under the regular visitation schedule for patients. Heyliger is under the watch of prison guards and all visitors must present a valid form of identification before accessing his room.
Heyliger was transported to SMMC from Pointe Blanche Prison to complications related to gout. Doctors are assessing the best alternative for surgery to remedy his situation.
The insufficient administration of the medicine means the gout “has remained in his system longer. Normally it will stay in his system a week max, but remember he has had weeks battling it,” Heyliger-Marten stated on Thursday.
Heyliger was arrested in his home on February 19. He was first held under deplorable conditions in the Philipsburg Police Station holding cells until he was transferred to the modern and more humane facilities in Bonaire. A court fight ensued about his return home and that resulted in his detention in Pointe Blanche.