PNG’s founding father Sir Michael Somare ‘critically ill’, says family

How The National reported Sir Michael Somare’s health situation today. Image: The National screenshot Asia Pacific Report Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, widely regarded as the founding father…

How The National reported Sir Michael Somare’s health situation today. Image: The National screenshot

Asia Pacific Report

Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, widely regarded as the founding father of independent Papua New Guinea, was in a critical condition in Port Moresby last night fighting cancer, reports The National today.

The 82-year-old former politician and his wife, Lady Veronica, had been preparing this week to go overseas for treatment, the newspaper said.

A family member said last night: “It is with sadness that I advise, on behalf of the Somare family, the serious illness pancreatic cancer that has befallen our father, Sir Michael, is at a critical stage and we as a family, along with his medical teams, are giving him the utmost care that he deserves.”

The National said that Cardinal Sir John Ribat celebrated a special Eucharist with Sir Michael and Lady Veronica yesterday at his hospital bed at the Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby.

The ABC correspondent in Port Moresby, Natalie Whiting, posted a twitter message saying Cardinal Ribat had “released a statement on behalf of the family asking the public to pray for Sir Michael and advising he is receiving palliative care in Port Moresby”.

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