Diocesan Bishop recovering under ‘strict medical care’

-reiterates need for ‘clergy wellness’

The Lord Bishop of Guyana, Reverend Cornell Jerome Moss, DD is currently confined to bed rest and strict medical care after being discharged from the Intensive Care Unit of a Bahamian hospital where he first sought treatment in December.

In a press release he issued via the Diocese of Guyana, Reverend Moss said that he has suffered from hypertension for some time which was being managed by a team of physicians and with medication. While saying that he had not suffered a heart attack, Moss said in 2008, he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and congestive heart failure.

Reverend Cornell  Jerome Moss
Reverend Cornell
Jerome Moss

After leading the Christmas services and performing other duties in December, Moss said he attempted to take the rest of his annual leave with a view to having his annual medical check-up in The Bahamas, when on December 27, the day after his arrival in that island nation, he took ill. The reverend said that initial tests showed that in addition to his existing medical ailments, he had been suffering from adverse effects to his prescribed medication.

After his medication was amended and in addition to being ordered to utilise a salt-free/sugar-free diet, Moss said most of his affected organs had been sufficiently repaired that they were functioning normally. The reverend said his follow-up treatment was scheduled for February 2014 and he again travelled to The Bahamas to undertake same. However, tests revealed that he had contracted a lung infection and he was immediately admitted to the Rand Memorial Hospital ICU, in Freeport on February 27 where he was treated until being discharged from hospital on Monday.

According to Moss, while he had previously requested that the Diocese prioritises ‘Clergy Wellness’ he considers his current health challenges a ‘wake up call.’ As such, he is advising the brethren to heed warnings and to be more proactive in cultivating and committing to healthier lifestyles. The reverend, along with his wife and relatives extended gratitude to the Diocese and other supporters for their prayers and kindnesses during his illness. He is also thankful to the Vicar General, Oscar Bazil, the Administra-tive Secretary Vanessa Charles, his Personal Assis-tant Marlon Laing and the entire administration for their loyalty and trusted support. Moss hopes to complete his final course of treatment and travel by month end.


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