A COUNCILLOR who needed surgery after suffering from a blood clot on the brain is making progress on the road to recovery, according to his relatives.
Hartlepool councillor Ged Hall, who represents the Burn Valley ward, was rushed into hospital after collapsing at home a couple of weeks ago.
The Labour member has since undergone a couple of operations but his family say he is making progress and is “fiercely determined” to bounce back.
Coun Hall, who was first elected to the council back in 2004, works as an accountant in the town and he is expected to return to work once he has fully recovered from his ordeal.
A statement issued by his family said: “Ged did have a blood clot on the brain and has undergone a couple of operations, which thankfully have been successful.
“He is still having a lot of intensive physiotherapy but is making progress despite the nature and severity of the condition.
“There has been marked progress over the past three weeks.
“Thankfully, it has not affected his intellectual function or his personality and he is still very much the same person.
“He just needs a bit of time and space to complete his convalescence.
“In the fullness of time he expects to be able to continue in some form his roles as a councillor in Hartlepool and his own business.
“He is fiercely determined and focused on recuperating.”
Coun Hall’s council responsibilities include being a member of the adult services and licensing committees, a member of the health and wellbeing board and he is also a member on the south and central neighbourhood forum.
Councillors have sent a card to Coun Hall and also sent him their best wishes and wished him a speedy recovery at a recent meeting of the full council.