Saturday, February 28, 2009


Fay-Ann in hospital

under observation: Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez

The nation at large, moreso fans of the reigning National Road March/Power and Groovy Soca Monarch, Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez, will have to spend the coming days on pins and needles, as well as in prayer for Lyons and her unborn child.

Lyons-Alvarez was yesterday admitted to the Mount Hope Maternity Hospital due to complications with the pregnancy. The wife of three-time International Power Soca Monarch, Ian "Bunji Garlin" Alvarez, was diagnosed as suffering from mild pre-eclampsia, hypertension.

This is a condition that can develop during a stressful pregnancy and results in swelling of the feet, hands and the face. Ten per cent of women experiencing their first pregnancy develop this condition, which is dangerous for mother and child, but especially so for the mother.

Lyons-Alvarez will require almost complete bed rest and round-the-clock medical observation.

Lyons-Alvarez achieved a feat none other ever did before when she performed throughout the Carnival season although several months pregnant. The daughter of the legendary soca icon, Austin "SuperBlue" Lyons also won the National Road March title singing "Meet SuperBlue", a tribute of sorts to her father and unborn child.

After competing at the Soca Monarch finals on Carnival Friday, Alvarez told the audience at the Girl Power fete that same night that his wife had disobeyed her doctor's orders by still being on stage at that point in her pregnancy. Lyons told the Express on Ash Wednesday that she had been resting as she should have since Carnival Saturday.


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