(Updated 5:30 p.m., Jan. 8)
councillor remains in induced coma following heart attack
By Fred Sherwin
Ward councillor Stephen Blais remains in a medically-induced
coma nearly 36 hours after suffering a heart attack while
working out at the Place d'Orléans Goodlife Fitness
Centre on Monday.
Blais was working out at around 10:30 a.m. when he went
into cardian arrest and collapsed. He was immediately
attended to by Goodlife Fitness staff who performed CPR
on him until paramedics arrived.
to Montfort Hospital spokesperson Lucie Laurion, Blais
had no vital signs when the paramedics first arrived.
being revived he was initially transported to the Montfort
Hospital and treated by emergency room staff before being
transferred to the Ottawa Heart Institute's intensive
care unit where he was placed in a medically induced coma
after receiving surgery.
induced comas are often used in such cases to slow the
patient's metabolism and assist in their recovery.
just 32 years of age, Blais is one of the youngest members
on city council. He and his wife Marta have a young son
Blais family released a statement Monday night thanking
for their support and said Blais looked forward to returning
to work as soon as possible.
family also thanked firefighters, paramedics, gym employees
and hospital and medical staff.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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