#Bahamas, March 11, 2021 – Tamika Roberts knows the meaning of true, brotherly love. She gave her baby brother the best present any sister could: a kidney that saved his life.
The transplant surgery took place at Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Weston Hospital two years ago. Today, Tamika, 45, and Antonio, 42, both say they are not just fit – they are the healthiest, strongest, most active they have ever been in their lives and they urge others to consider becoming organ donors.
“We were just like any sister-brother when we were young,” said Antonio. “My big sis would always look out for me,” he said.
One Saturday in May 2018, Antonio was rushed to Doctors Hospital and diagnosed with renal failure. His kidneys were literally shutting down by the hour, threatening his life. He was supposed to start dialysis immediately.
Doctors Hospital recommended a contact at Cleveland Clinic, and by Monday, Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital got him tested and approved as an organ transplant candidate and began the search. That search ended when sister, Tamika, turned out to be a perfect match. Tamika found out in May and prepared to have surgery in June.
Tamika did everything in her will to prepare for the kidney transplant which included postponing her fibroid surgery. After going through a series of tests she was ready. She met with Dr. Diego Reino, a transplant surgery specialist, and his team who were hands-on from start to finish.
Tamika and Antonio arrived at Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital at 5am on June 27, 2018 to have their surgeries. She was the first to go into the operating room because her kidney was being removed. Antonio’s surgery would follow immediately after.
“When I went into surgery, the anesthesiologist was very nice and conversation with her gave me much comfort,” said Tamika. “I woke up around 3pm in a lot of pain, but it all turned out pretty well. The doctors were very accommodating and I was out the next day.”
Tamika noted that hours after her surgery, she had to get up and walk a few steps which was extremely difficult. During her recovery, she transitioned from walking one to three miles daily to eventually running again.
The siblings had a few follow-up visits at the six-month, one-year and two-year marks post-surgery; the latter milestone reached in June 2020 with a visit at Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital.
“Cleveland Clinic was just awesome,” Tamika and Antonio both said, almost simultaneously. Antonio credits the teamwork and responsiveness of his doctors in Florida and at home. “They answered e-mails instantly. They returned calls. They helped every step of the way. I’d recommend Cleveland Clinic Florida to anyone.”
Tamika also credits local kidney specialist Dr. Don Diego Deveaux at Oaktree Medical for not hesitating a minute in sharing records as requested and working with the doctors and medical staff in Florida. That cooperative partnership, the Roberts believe, netted the best results, and gave Cleveland Clinic Florida a baseline against which to measure their own test results, along with a plan for long-term follow-through after surgery and rehab in the States were completed.
“It wasn’t just about the process,” Tamika said. “From testing to surgeries to eventually recovery and rehab, the doctors and medical staff stood by our side as if they were family. They made me feel like a super hero.”
Two years later, both sister and brother are enjoying life more than ever.
Tamika is the administration manager of one of the oldest and best established banks in The Bahamas. She is fit, exercises daily, runs six to eight miles three times a week, does strength training, avoids red meat and drinks 80 ounces of water a day.
Antonio is a manager at a large, retail bank. He and his wife jog every morning in the community where they live. Their 19-year-old son is now away at school, and their 15-year-old daughter is planning to go to college. Antonio thinks about how close he came to not being here for any of it and he thanks everyone who made it possible, especially Tamika.
“She’s awesome, she’s a sweetheart,” he said. “I will forever be grateful to her and Cleveland Clinic Florida. They saved my life.”
Release: DPA News
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“They are receiving these appointments because of their determination to get things done.”
- Senator the Hon. L. Ryan Pinder, Attorney General;
- Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Public Service;
- Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Education, and Technical and Vocational Training;
- Hon. Alfred Sears, Minister of Works and Utilities;
- Dr. Hon. Michael Darville, Minister of Health and Wellness;
- Hon. Clay Sweeting, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs;
- Hon. Wayne Munroe, Minister of National Security; and
- Hon. Jomo Campbell, Minister of State for Legal Affairs.
“We are here to meet them head on.”
Prime Minister Hon. Philip Davis pledges to govern in the interests of all Bahamians
#TheBahamas, September 19, 2021 – During his ceremonial swearing-in today as the nation’s fifth Prime Minister, Hon. Philip Davis pledged to govern in the interests of all Bahamians and to consult widely with the Bahamian people.
The best way to make progress as a nation is to bring people together, said Prime Minister Davis, who was presented with his instruments of Office in ceremonies held at the Baha Mar Convention Centre, on Saturday 18 September 2021.
“We will uphold the constitution and the rule of law, and ensure that everyone is treated fairly, so that it’s not one rule for one set of people, and another for another set of people,” said the Prime Minister.
“There is much work to be done; but I know that by working together we can succeed and build the kind of prosperous, independent Bahamas that our founding fathers dreamed for us.”
Prime Minister Davis said that while there are big challenges ahead for The Bahamas, his team has the right vision and policies to take the country forward.
The Prime Minister said the new administration is coming into office at a time when the Bahamian people are hurting as never before.
The country faces many crises due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an economy in decline and deeply concerning challenges in education, said Prime Minister Davis.
If everyone works together towards a common purpose, in the common interest and for the common good, great things are possible for The Bahamas and its people, said the Prime Minister.
But no government can do great things on its own, Prime Minister Davis added.
“I am sure that my government can only succeed if we partner with the Bahamian people,” said the Prime Minister.
“We are going to listen, we are going to consult widely and we are going to bring people together.”
18 September 2021
Office of the Prime Minister
Commonwealth of The Bahamas
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