Cancer survivor reaches 100

Rosalie Bailey yesterday celebrated her 100th birthday, living to tell the tale of beating cancer five years ago.

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave and birthday girl Rosalie Bailey.

The bubbly and overjoyed centenarian was surrounded by family members, friends, Governor General Sir Elliot Belgrave, and the doctor who gave her the life-saving operation when she was 95 years old.

Bailey, who read her birthday card, was in good spirits and engaged the Governor General in a brief chat before raising her glass to take a sip of wine during the toast.

Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett, who is also Bailey’s MP, said he counted it a privilege to be celebrating “Mama Bailey’s” birthday with her.

“I have had the opportunity to celebrate three of four birthdays with her, so it’s a privilege to be here celebrating with her today. I have known her almost all my life, having grown up just a stone’s throw away from here. She has always been well respected in this community and she continues to be,” Blackett said.

He made a promise to her and her family to do all he could to make the rest of her days on earth peaceful.

“I assure you that I will do all in my power to certify that you spend the rest of your days as comfortable as possible. I believe that you will be a super centenarian, meaning that you will live way beyond your 100th birthday,” Blackett added.

Sir Elliott said it was a joy to watch Bailey, especially since she was so alert and attentive.

“I’m happy that you look so well. And as the minister said, I hope you will be a super centenarian and that you continue to do what you have been doing in the past and are cared for as you are being cared for now,” he said.

“I take pleasure in visiting people like you who have made a tremendous contribution to the country of Barbados. It’s on your shoulders that this country was built.”

When the head of state asked Bailey if she was able to do anything around the house, she boldly responded: “Yes! But they don’t allow me to do anything.”

After a hearty chuckle, the Governor General encouraged her to spend the rest of her days relaxing.

Also in attendance for the celebration was Dr Vikash Chatrani, who performed surgery on Bailey five years ago.

Birthday girl Rosalie Bailey and her “favourite doctor” Dr Vikash Chatrani cutting her birthday cake. 
Dr Vikash Chatrani and Rosalie Bailey’s granddaughter Pauline Bailey signs a special memento to mark the occasion.

He said it was an honour to see her reach this milestone after watching her overcome so much.

“I had the pleasure of meeting gran gran at the age of 95. She came to me with Stage Three cancer and I ended up offering her the surgery. I received resistance from all my colleagues and nursing staff. They asked me why I would want to operate on a 95-year-old, because she had lived her life,” Dr Chatrani said.

“But she continued to live her life, cured of cancer, and she even went on to have another surgery to remove the cataract in her eye. That’s why she was able to read her birthday card today and she did me proud. Not only did she continue to live life, but she did so selflessly, she brought needed awareness to the condition. She suffered from gynecological cancer and she spearheaded a movement in Barbados which started in 2013 on how to prevent these cancers and how to manage it. She was there in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, and hopefully she will be there on September 3 this year again. Gran gran, you are someone I consider to be one of the true roots of our nation. I wish you many, many more years,” the doctor said.

Bailey will have a big birthday bash on Saturday.

In her younger days, she was a tomato picker and later a bottle washer with Malls Alley Bottle Company, until she retired in the 1980’s.

She had seven children, two of whom are now deceased, 22 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.  

46 Responses to Cancer survivor reaches 100

  1. Marilyn Curreny
    Marilyn Curreny February 1, 2017 at 9:12 am

    God is good

  2. Diana Cave
    Diana Cave February 1, 2017 at 9:21 am

    To god be the glory

  3. Lynette Ice-cream Rollock
    Lynette Ice-cream Rollock February 1, 2017 at 9:23 am

    God bless you.

  4. David Wyndoze
    David Wyndoze February 1, 2017 at 9:25 am

    You don’t make it to 100
    without being tough as nails!!

  5. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke February 1, 2017 at 9:26 am

    You give me hope a fellow survivor❤

  6. Amanda Scott
    Amanda Scott February 1, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Happy birthday

  7. Jema Goodluck
    Jema Goodluck February 1, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Happy birthday.

  8. Mhizz Tricia Swwets
    Mhizz Tricia Swwets February 1, 2017 at 9:41 am

    God is good he kept you for a purpose granny !!!! Just keep the faith you going make it another 3 more years!!! Oh yeah!!!

  9. Lana Richards
    Lana Richards February 1, 2017 at 9:48 am


  10. Sandra Mayers
    Sandra Mayers February 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Congrats…God bless

  11. Icenie Joseph
    Icenie Joseph February 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

    God is good all the time

  12. Surya Tutor
    Surya Tutor February 1, 2017 at 9:52 am

    God is Great

  13. Ordeane Craigwell
    Ordeane Craigwell February 1, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Happy birthday God bless you

  14. Debra Miller
    Debra Miller February 1, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Happy birthday god is great

  15. Dawn A Bowen
    Dawn A Bowen February 1, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Dr. V Chatrani is such a darling.. So down to earth and personable.. And look how God worked through him. Happy birthday Gran Gran^_^

  16. Eversley Lewis
    Eversley Lewis February 1, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Happy birthday

  17. Juliet Brewster
    Juliet Brewster February 1, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Blessed God.with God all things are possible.

  18. Wavney Rouse
    Wavney Rouse February 1, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Blessings Gran…enjoy your day…..

  19. Da Silva
    Da Silva February 1, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Happy birthday beautiful stay bless

  20. Pbdos Ciana Price
    Pbdos Ciana Price February 1, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Happy Birthday.

  21. Sonia Trotman
    Sonia Trotman February 1, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Godisgood.God bless all doctors

  22. Brewster February 1, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Lovely story. Happy Birthday!

  23. Wavney Rouse
    Wavney Rouse February 1, 2017 at 10:29 am

    All things are Possible with God….in that something. …95 n strong enough for that surgery n survive to make that BIG no…you are an inspiration Ma…Cheers!!!!!..

  24. Aneta February 1, 2017 at 10:55 am

    God is alive and still the miracle worker. What a wonderful God we serve. The working power of prayer. Happy birthday

  25. Claudetta Shorty
    Claudetta Shorty February 1, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Be blessed

  26. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite February 1, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Happy birthday ……” Gran”…!
    100 not out…..! Regards from London England..!

  27. Jennifer Cole Raesch
    Jennifer Cole Raesch February 1, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Congrats on reaching 100, and special thanks to God and DR Chatrani!

  28. Ayanna Young Marshall
    Ayanna Young Marshall February 1, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Give thanks & praises. Happy birthday Ms. Bailey!

  29. Gwendolyn Redhead
    Gwendolyn Redhead February 1, 2017 at 11:50 am

    God bless her

  30. Pamela Sealy
    Pamela Sealy February 1, 2017 at 12:03 pm


  31. Lorraine Gibbs February 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Dr Chatrani is a God send, he will be blessed for years and years to come, well done Doc!

  32. Judy Hamilton
    Judy Hamilton February 1, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    We thank you LORD for her life today and for letting her reach that mile stone. Every one that play a part had FAITH…. and recieve a BLESSING

  33. Maria Scantlebury
    Maria Scantlebury February 1, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    May the good lord bless & keep you Gran

  34. Sonia Rastaqueen Bryan
    Sonia Rastaqueen Bryan February 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Blessed birthday granny enjoy

  35. Nadia Mclennan
    Nadia Mclennan February 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Dr. Chatrani you are one lovely person. I’m proud of you. Keep up the good work

  36. Sherry-ann Retemiah
    Sherry-ann Retemiah February 1, 2017 at 1:24 pm


  37. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 1, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Absolutely Fantastic! Praise the Lord. ❤

  38. Andrea BajanfromEaglehall Rock
    Andrea BajanfromEaglehall Rock February 1, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Haaaaapppppy bdaaaaay may u b blessed with many more

  39. Anthony Hinds
    Anthony Hinds February 1, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Happy bday mamma bailey!

  40. Cynthia Straker February 1, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Congratulations to you gran on reaching this milestone, you are an inspiration to us all, to God be the glory honour and praise, and I take my hat off to this remarkable Dr who didn’t give up on her when some colleagues were negative in their responses The Lord will shower you with many blessings Dr. Your rewards are sure.

  41. Cynthia Straker(UK ) February 1, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    May the Lord continue to bless you and your family and give you strength to face each new day,xxxxxxx

  42. Roger Gibbons February 1, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I believe this lady is blessed and very strong to survive an operation at that age. To the doc you are blessed may you go from strength to strength.

  43. Sharon Sealy
    Sharon Sealy February 1, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Happy Birthday……..I like the part especially when she told the Governor General that she too young fuh he….lol

  44. Jan Savory February 1, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Happy birthday gran keep up your cheerful spirits. God bless!!

  45. Sher February 2, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Bless you! Thank you doctor for showing your colleagues That age does not matter but the individual patients does.

  46. Marcia L. Mullin Mullin February 3, 2017 at 6:05 am

    A blessed birthday. May God continue to keep you in his care. May God also bless this young Hero Doctor because we know that once you reach 60 you have lived life and is not worth the effort.


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