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'Grateful' Blais returns to City Hall four months after suffering near fatal heart attack

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais receives a Senators pin from Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson as Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley loohs on. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Cumberland councillor Stephen Blais returned to city hall on Wednesday, four months after suffering a near fatal heart attack at the Goodlife Fitness Centre in Place d'Orléans.

Blais received a standing ovation from his fellow councillors after taking his seat at the start of the city council meeting. Although he entered the chamber with the aid of a cane, Blais looked exceptionally healthy given the fact that just four months ago he was fighting for his life.

After being acknowledged by Mayor Jim Watson, Blais choked back tears as he publicly thanked his staff for holding the fort during his absence.

"I'd like to take the opportunity to thank my staff. Stephanie, Josh, Luke and Jason, um, I'm going to cry. They held the fort down, they took the calls, they took the emails, they took care of my wife. Thank you," said Blais.

Blais returned home only a week ago after going through extensive rehabilitation to regain his strength.

"I've been climbing the walls for the last week or so, but it's nice to be with my colleagues again and get bacl to work for my constituents." said Blais.

After the heart attack it was discovered that Blais had a 90 per cent blockage in one of the atteries in his heart. There is also a history of heart disease on both sides of his family.

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