Heather Cameron, the manager of legendary Jamaican reggae band Third World, provided what she described as “an accurate account of the events surrounding” the hospitalization of Third World member Cat Coore.
Cameron said on Dec. 17 that Coore was admitted on Nov. 29, 2022, to the University of the West Indies Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica “to repair an idiopathic tear in his lower esophagus.”
“The next day, a specialist surgical team performed this operation successfully,” Cameron said. “Due to the nature and location of the surgery, Cat was fed and hydrated intravenously. This standard protocol helps rest the esophagus, speed healing and was expected to last a minimum of 10 days.
“As of the day after her surgery, Cat was recovering at TTW at University Hospital,” she added. “He received visits from family, band members and close friends. His spirits were high and he enjoyed playing guitar and watching the World Cup to pass the time while healing. He also took the time to speak to IRIE FM to let his fans know he was recovering well and appreciated the outpouring of love and support he received.
On Dec. 12, 2022, Cameron said “Cat appeared to be developing cold-like respiratory symptoms.”
She said he was moved to the intensive care unit (ICU), “where he could better be treated for a compromised lung condition resulting from an infiltration of the surgical area into his chest cavity.
“As of today, December 17, 2022, Cat is alert, stable and receiving attentive care from the dedicated medical team at University Hospital,” the official said. “This untimely condition is not expected to significantly impede Cat’s recovery from the initial surgery or impede her full recovery.
“We would like to thank all the supporters here in Jamaica, throughout the Diaspora and abroad,” she added. “The concern and compassion you have shown is overwhelming and received with such gratitude. Cat Coore has performed in every appearance throughout the band’s distinguished history, please join us in wishing her a speedy recovery during the holiday season so he can extend that impressive record.
Cameron said tour plans continue to be scheduled, as the Third World gears up for its Golden 50e Birthday in August 2023.
“Please be careful when sharing unverified information you receive on social media platforms,” she warned. “We will continue to provide medically accurate and timely press releases as circumstances warrant.
“Like Cat, aka Johnny Tiger, would say, ‘You know I love you, don’t you? “, added Cameron.