It can be recalled that a fortnight ago, Vice President Howard-Taylor was flown to Accra, Ghana for medical treatment after developing “respiratory complications” following a four-day stay at a private medical facility in Monrovia.
The Monrovia-based clinic recommended her transfer to a more advanced healthcare facility abroad after she had been stabilized. Liberia’s health sector has remained weak since the country's civil war ended 17 years ago. Government officials and those who can afford it routinely travel abroad for medical attention.
Howard-Taylor, 56, is an ex-wife of former jailed Liberian president Charles Taylor. In a facebook post, the former first lady of Liberia said: “Each day the Almighty God grants us a glimpse of his wondrous works towards us. As we walk life’s corridors our eyes are open but normally we don’t see. Today, it is a privilege and honor to GIVE ALL THANKS AND PRAISE TO THE ALMIGHTY GOD FOR HIS MERCY AND GRACE FOR GIVING ME ANOTHER CHANCE AT LIFE. PRAISE BE TO YAHWEH FIRST AND TO THE BODY OF CHRIST AND ALL OTHER BELIEVERS FOR RAISING THEIR VOICES ON MY BEHALF WHEN I COULD NOT. I am ever grateful.”
She continued: “I must also appreciate the ASPEN HOSPITAL STAFF AND DR.TROKEN RICHARDS for stabilizing my condition in order to be able to travel. I am grateful that Liberia has its own specialists who are more than able. God bless you ALL.” Dr. Richards is a recent graduate of the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons (LCPS) Postgraduate Specialists training program.
She said it is therefore only befitting, on behalf of the members of her families, her loved ones, the members of my ethnic groupings , all those who love n care for me - and in her own name to take this time to –“SAY A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO H.E PRESIDENT WEAH, THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT, GOL,DR RICHARDS, THE DOCTORS AND STAFF OF ASPEN HOSPITAL,MY OFFICE STAFFERS, WELL WISHERS AND FRIENDS.”
The former Bong County Senator also extended a very special “THANK YOU TO LIBERIAN CITIZENS AND MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA WHO WISHED ME WELL from across the diaspora and the world. I remain grateful and prayerful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart”.