Mayor Art Ward may be on the path to recovery.
Mary Suchopar, the mayor’s secretary, said Ward’s family told her that doctors began reviving him early Tuesday.
His temperature is almost normal, she said, after having been deliberately held down to help him heal. Ward has been in a medically induced coma since Saturday night.
Suchopar said doctors planned to perform regular tests later in the day that may make it more clear how Ward is doing after choking on a piece of steak Saturday. But the results of any tests remain private.
The city’s acting mayor, Ken Cockayne, told Bristol’s department heads Tuesday morning about the mayor’s status in a brief, somber meeting in the City Council chambers.
Throughout the building, municipal workers said they were anxious for some good news from Bristol Hospital about Ward’s condition.
Ward could not breathe and did not have a pulse for a time after choking at the Italian Social Club on Barber Street shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday. Police reports leave it unclear how long the mayor may have been without oxygen. See the whole story here.
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