Diplomat takes govt to court over recall
Getting the best medical treatment for her sick son motivated career civil servant Lynnith Braynen to request a posting at the Bahamas consulate in Miami in 2009.
Now a judge will decide whether she remains there.
Mrs. Braynen’s son, five-year-old Tyrone, has cerebral palsy spastic diplegia. He has reportedly experienced”remarkable improvement”since he started frequent neurological and orthopedic treatments at three hospitals in Florida. He also receives physical therapy at his school.
However, his mother’s one-year appointment as consul with responsibility for trade and investments and culture ended last year and she he has received orders to return to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New Providence.
According to Dr. Roberto Lopez-Alberola of the University of Miami, it is crucial that Tyrone remains in Miami because the treatment he needs is not available in The Bahamas. The doctor said Tyrone needs frequent physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy and requires frequent follow-up appointments with specialists.
Mrs Braynen sought judicial intervention when Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Foreign Affairs Minister Brent Symonette declined to intervene after receiving letters from her stating that a return to New Providence would retard her son’s progress.
An undertaking by the government not to remove Mrs Braynen from her post ends on Monday, the same day Justice Bernard Turner is expected to give a decision in the matter.
The government has terminated Mrs Braynen’s lease in Miami and she has found her own accommodations for herself and her three children.
Wayne Munroe, Mrs Braynen’s lawyer, toldThe Nassau Guardianthe government will not incur any additional expense by allowing her to remain in Miami.
The move would also affect Mrs Braynen’s oldest child, Tyja. Her school chose her to attend the Junior Young Leaders Conference in Washington, DC this Spring. According to a close family member, the 12-year-old is looking forward to representing Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School and her country at the conference.
However, she will not be able to attend if her family returns home now. Mrs Braynen’s affidavit said Tyja, a seventh grader, would lose an entire semester.
Mrs. Braynen has asked the court to overturn the minister’s decision.
She is also seeking a declaration that the minister’s decision is unreasonable and irrational in the circumstances.