Months after aneurysm, SC senator thankful for recovery
LITTLE RIVER, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina state Sen. Greg Hembree is counting his blessings this holiday season, a few months after he was hospitalized following a broken blood vessel in his brain.
Hembree recently sat down with The Sun News of Myrtle Beach at his Little River home to reflect on his recovery from a brain aneurysm.
The 58-year-old Republican was hospitalized July 26 after a massive headache he said felt “like someone hit me in the head with a baseball bat.” The aneurysm stopped bleeding on its own, but Hembree’s condition worsened when he contracted pneumonia and a blood infection, likely from an IV, and was placed into a medically-induced coma for eight days.
Hundreds of get-well cards were delivered to Hembree’s hospital room. His wife, Renee, says friends, family and strangers put meals in their garage refrigerator, cut the grass and arranged for baby-sitters so their adult children could visit.
“When the doctor tells you it’s a miracle, you know it’s a miracle,” Renee Hembree said.
Four months after his hospitalization, Hembree said that he’s back to his full schedule as a lawmaker and attorney and is even training for a triathlon. He also wants to thank everyone who helped him and his family while he battled to get better.
“I like to write thank-you notes, but honestly there’s a large chunk of time I just don’t remember,” Renee said.
The couple also expressed thanks for Greg’s medical care, their children who sacrificed parts of their own lives during his hospital stay and their grandchildren that he gets to continue seeing grow.
“Someone told me I’m getting a second chance, but I told them I really liked my first chance,” Greg said. “I’ve always been appreciative of my blessings, maybe just a little more so now.”
Information from: The Sun News, http://www.thesunnews.com/