Daughter Denies that Hilson “Brother B” Baptiste was coerced to attend last Sunday’s rally

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Dear Editor:

My family and I were disgusted to read the statement that sought to demean my father Hilson “Brother B” Baptiste as he continues to recover from a stroke.

Sickness is no respecter of persons and should not be politicized.

My family continues to give thanks to God for my father’s remarkable recovery thus farand we are also grateful for those who have visited him or sent prayers and well wishes.

Since my father was discharged from the Sir Lester Bird Medical Center on August 28th 2023, he has been under the supervision of a competent team of health practitioners and is undergoing physical and speech therapy.

He has since enjoyed significant levels of improvement in his motor functions and is now more independent in managing his daily activities.

Despite his health setbacks, my father’s brain remains sharp, and he has not lost his sense of humor or his sense of humility.

He is anxious to get back to what he enjoys most, which is serving the people. To suggest that he was coerced to attend last Sunday’s rally, or that he did so without the consent of his family is just ludicrous.

He has been following the campaign via social media and is extremely engaged and excited.

Each day, we see improvements in his ability to resume a normal life and the support that he receives from the community gives him tremendous motivation and hope.

My father feels great, all things considered, and believes that he is still here for a reason.

He treats his recovery as an adventure and encourages anyone who has ever been knocked down to get back up. Hilson “Brother B” Baptiste considers it a gift that he is still here, and he is grateful for the opportunity to contribute in any small way to the advancement of the people.

He intends to remain a strong advocate and warrior for St. Mary’s South, a community where he was born and raised and has represented for 20 years.

Sincerely- Ayana Baptiste

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