FORMER PRIME Minister Bruce Golding is on the mend following recent back surgery.
When contacted by The Gleaner on Wednesday, Golding did not give a timetable for a return to the public eye.
"It is a process and it will take time," he said when asked how his recuperation was going. Attempts to get further comment were unsuccessful. Close friend Daryl Vaz couldn't provide any specifics either.
"I know he came back last week, but I haven't seen him yet," he said.
Vaz was optimistic the former Jamaica Labour Party leader would eventually be up and about.
"He's on the mend. He's back, which is a good sign, but I don't know any details. I don't think there's anything further that can be done. I guess that it's just up to time in terms of recuperating." Vaz said he would be visiting Golding this week.
Golding returned last Friday from Florida where he underwent a major lumbar spine surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital on July 30. This was the third such surgery for Golding who reportedly has had back issues for years.
Last month, the Golding family indicated it could be several months before he fully recovers from the surgery.
The family said he has been fitted with a special back brace to help stabilise his spine during the healing process, and that he is receiving extensive physiotherapy.