(Updated 10:30 p.m., Jan. 9)
councillor doing well after regaining consciousness
By Fred Sherwin
Ward councillor Stephen Blais is responding well to treatment
after regaining consciousness from a medically-induced
coma on Wednesday.
revived Blais early Wednesday afternoon more than 48 hours
after he was placed in a coma following emergency heart
surgery on Monday.
suffered a heart attack while working out at the Place
d'Orléans Goodlife Fitness Centre. He momentarily
lost all vital signs before paramedics were able to revive
him and transport him to the Montfort Hospital where he
underwent surgery before being transferred to the University
of Ottawa Heart Institute.
induced comas are often used to slow the patient's metabolism
and assist in their recovery.
that Blais had regained consciousness was made public
in a statement released by his family.
wife Marta and his family are pleased to report that he
has cleared another hurdle on his road to recovery,
read the statement. The
family would once again like to express its sincere gratitude
for the heartwarming and overwhelming support that Stephen
has received from residents across Ottawa.
just 32 years of age, Blais is one of the youngest members
on city council. He and his wife Marta have a young son
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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