SMN News learnt that Minister Duncan accidentally swallowed a pigtail bone while eating on Tuesday and he was treated by his house doctor and sent home. SMN News further learnt that the Minister went to the St. Maarten Medical Center shortly after 3pm on Wednesday seeking medical attention when his condition worsened.
However, indications are that the bone is located close to the Minister's lung and as such he had to be flown out of St. Maarten so that it can be removed. Up to late Wednesday evening, personnel at SZB were busy making the necessary arrangements for the medical evacuation for the Minister to be flown to Curacao. SMN News learnt that SZV was having serious difficulties locating an aircraft to evacuate the Minister but they managed to make arrangements for the Minister Duncan to be flown out at 9pm Wednesday night.