Ex-lieutenant governor’s candidate recovering after surgery
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina legislator and lieutenant governor’s candidate is recovering from surgery after he says his heart stopped while driving after a workout.
Dr. Eric Mansfield says he’s doing well following bypass surgery and hopes to return to work at his Fayetteville ear, nose and throat medical practice in a couple of weeks.
The 53-year-old Mansfield told The Fayetteville Observer this week he was driving in Fuquay-Varina after the gym workout when his heart went into ventricular fibrillation. He says he passed out and his car struck a tree, but he wasn’t hurt. Mansfield says a rescue squad restarted his heart.
Mansfield is a Democrat who served one term in the state Senate and ran unsuccessfully for the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor in 2012, losing to Linda Coleman.
Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com