NEW YORK (CMC) – The family of Slinger Francisco, regarded as the Calypso King of the World, says the ‘Mighty Sparrow’ is responding very well to treatment.
Sparrow who admitted to a New York hospital two weeks ago is “no longer in a coma and should be up and about soon but not too soon,” his daughter Nicole Robinson said.
“He is communicating by blinks and lifting his hands,” she said, adding that Sparrow is also listening to some of his favourite tunes which includes some of his own gospel songs; country and western and classical.
Two weeks ago fans learned that the Calypso King was admitted to hospital for complications related to diabetes.
The Mighty Sparrow, 78, has been performing for more than four decades and has been having health challenges for the past three years.
These include undergoing surgery in 2010 to treat a right inguinal hernia that had caused him to cut short performances in Trinidad and Tobago and in the United States because of excruciating pain while on stage.
According to his daughter, fans and well-wishers can send messages to the veteran calypsonian’s address firstname.lastname@example.org.