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No linkage between Couva Children’s Hospital and ailing Chess Player, says Minister

No linkage between Couva Children’s Hospital and ailing Chess Player, says Minister

Couva Children's Hospital

Couva Children’s Hospital

Communications Minister, Maxie Cuffy says there’s no link between the yet to be opened Couva Children’s Hospital and the ongoing medical situation affecting 14 year old Trinidad and Tobago National Chess player, Della-Marie Walcott.

Speaking during the post cabinet news conference yesterday, Minister Cuffy told reporters there was no linkage between her ongoing plight and the fact that the Children’s hospital remained closed.

Communication Minister, Maxi Cuffy.

Walcott, a student of St. Joseph’s Convent, slipped into a coma after having a tumor removed from her brain on December 22 and is warded in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at St Clair Medical Hospital.

Several fundraising initiatives are being held to offset medical expenses, among them a curry que for which tickets are said to have all sold out.

The ailing student was a member of T&T women’s team at the World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey and Tromso, Norway in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Her performances earned her nominations for the First Citizens Sports Foundation Youth Awards in 2011 and 2013.

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