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Diplomat ordered to return home asks permanent secretary to reconsider

A diplomat has asked Dr. Patricia Rodgers, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to reconsider requesting her return to The Bahamas because it would affect her sick son’s health.

Lynnith Braynen has been directed to return to The Bahamas by March 28, 2011. She requested a posting at the Miami consulate after doctors determined that her son, Tyrone Jr., who has cerebral palsy, could only get the treatment he needed in Florida.

Her son has reportedly experienced”remarkable improvement”since he started frequent neurological and orthopedic treatments at three hospitals in Florida during the year that he has lived there with his mother. He also receives physical therapy at his school.

Mrs. Braynen had sought a court’s intervention after her one-year appointment as consul with responsibility for trade and investments and culture ended last year, and she received orders to return to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New Providence.

However, Justice Bernard Turner dismissed her application for judicial review on March 7, 2011.

Dr. Rodgers ordered Braynen to return three days after the judgment.

In her letter in response, Braynen told Rodgers that”returning home would be an injustice”to her son since facilities here(New Providence)cannot accommodate his needs.

Mrs. Braynen also points out that her son is scheduled to undergo”pertinent”medical procedures in April 2011. She said,”I would have to possess the mind of a depraved individual not to be proactive with his health issues. It is my view that it is incumbent upon me, as his mother and primary caregiver, to ensure that his welfare and well-being are given utmost priority by accessing services to improve the quality of his life.”

According to Mrs Braynen, her son’s medical issues have not affected her performance at work.

Mrs. Braynen also points out that to return home now would affect her daughter, Tyja, whose school chose her to attend the Junior Young Leaders Conference in Washington, DC from March 27 to April 3, 2011.

Mrs. Braynen said to return now would also interrupt her children’s education. According to a close family friend, Tyja is excited about representing her school and country.

She wrote,”it is with these considerations in my mind that I am once again appealing to your sense of empathy and goodwill to allow my family and I to remain.”

Mrs. Braynen said she is pursuing other options and has applied for vacation, beginning March 28, 2011 as an interim measure.

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