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Update: council chairman “stable” in hospital after heart attack at civic event

Former Warwick District Council Chairman Cllr Richard Davies

Former Warwick District Council Chairman Cllr Richard Davies

Warwick District Council Chairman Cllr Richard Davies is in a “stable” condition in hospital after having suffered a heart attack at an annual civic event on Saturday night.

Cllr Davies had the heart attack and collapsed while he was giving a speech in front of about 80 people at Warwick Mayor Bob Dhillon’s civic dinner at the Court House in Jury Street.

The council chairman’s wife Erica, a Kenilworth town councillor, said her husband was in a stable condition at University Hospital in Coventry while he awaits surgery.

Fortunately Cllr Dhillon and two nurses - Suzzette Smith who is retired and Julie Cook - were on hand to bring Cllr Davies round and administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation before ambulance staff arrived within seven minutes of the incident being reported.

A district council spokeswoman said: “Our thoughts are with Cllr Davies and his family and we wish him a swift recovery.

“An update on his progress will be given in due course.”

In the meantime Cllr Davies’ commitments will be carried out by vice chairman Cllr Clare Sawdon.

 

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