Alexandra Hospital surgical team praised for saving shark attack victim

Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration.
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Dr. Cardell Rawlins, Chief of Staff at the Alexandra Hospital on Nevis.

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis — The surgical team at the Alexandra Hospital is being congratulated for life-saving surgery on a shark attack victim by doctors in the United States of America and the management of the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), the health facility will continue to deliver top notch service to locals as well, according to Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA)

“We celebrate the accolades from the US doctors and will continue to ensure that our residents receive similar care at our facility,” said Mrs. Brandy-Williams on January 20. “The Ministry of Health and Gender Affairs looks forward to better days ahead for our people as we continue to provide the quality service that they need. Our mantra for 2021 is ‘The Year of Endless Possibilities.’ We endeavour to exceed all expectations by providing professional service.”

Mrs. Brandy-Williams used the opportunity to commend the surgical team at the hospital for its noteworthy efforts to save the RUSVM medical student attacked by a shark while swimming with friends.

“The shark attack on January 9 that threw the Federation into frenzy was quite unfortunate for a Ross University female student,” said Mrs. Brandy-Williams. “I compliment the doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who played a role in making the student’s experience at Alexandra Hospital as pleasant and as successful as possible.

“The surgical team, headed by Dr. Cardell Rawlins, must be commended for their quick and effective response to the situation which could have ended tragically,” she said. “The information shared was that everyone was calm and very efficient.”

During a January 15 virtual meeting with Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, a three-member team of senior RUSVM officials called to express gratitude and offer commendation to the Coast Guard, the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and the surgical team at the Alexandra Hospital in Nevis, for their quick response in assisting one of their students who suffered significant injury in a shark attack.

“The officials passed on compliments from the trauma team in the US to the medical team on the island, stating that the surgery was comparable to anything that could have been performed anywhere in the US. It was also said that the quick response obviously prevented the situation from being far worse.”

Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration.

Dr. Cardell Rawlins, Chief of Staff at the Alexandra Hospital on Nevis.

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