Vybz Kartel hospitalised for kidney infection

September 26, 2017
Vybz Kartel
Vybz Kartel
The main entrance to the University Hospital of the West Indies.
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Yesterday, Adidjah 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer was hospitalised. It is understood that the deejay, had been complaining of pains in his side since Wednesday, and, as a result, has been admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies.

"I was informed today by the prison authorities that he would be taken to University Hospital," the deejay's lawyer, Tom Tavares-Finson, told THE STAR.

According to a medical source, the deejay would spend the night in hospital, but was not prepared to give further details.

Hugh Wildman, former director of public prosecutions in Grenada, opined that the admittance would not have been actioned unless the situation was deemed urgent or dire by the correctional facility's medical staff. Under such circumstances, prison authorities would be required to escort the inmate to a hospital.

"If the [prison] doctor says so, they will have to do it. They make the call to say whether an inmate demands or requires immediate hospitalisation. They could not defy the medical opinion and not get treatment for an inmate. That is a judgement call by the medical professionals, not by the layman," Wildman said.

"If they defy medical opinion and keep him away from medical facility, and something happens... if an inmate dies, the Government will be liable. Seriously too."

Vybz Kartel's admission to hospital is understood to be as a result of a kidney infection. Kidney infections often begin with a bladder infection, and if untreated can lead to life-threatening issues.

The deejay is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

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