December 15, 2010

Ward is 'conscious;' Cockayne says 'prayers are working'

After 11 days in critical condition at Bristol Hospital, Mayor Art Ward is getting better.
Ward, 63, remains in the intensive care unit, but his condition was upgraded Wednesday afternoon to serious rather than critical.
The mayor “continues to make appropriate progress” and “is conscious, with stable vital signs,” according to a hospital press release approved by Ward’s family.
“The prayers are working,” said city Councilor Ken Cockayne, the city’s acting mayor.
Though Ward’s prognosis remains uncertain, the release is the first solid indication that he is recovering from choking on a piece of steak on December 4 at a tailgating party at the Italian Social Club.
Cockayne called the condition upgrade outstanding news.
“If anybody can pull through, it is Mayor Ward. He is a strong person, as anyone who has battled him knows,” Cockayne said.
“This is incredible news the week before Christmas,” Cockayne said. “I’m sure his family is ecstatic. The prayers are working.”
The hospital said that “a hypothermia protocol was completed successfully last week” that involved cooling the mayor’s “core body temperature to preserve body functions and organs after an acute medical event.”
Ward spent “several days under heavy sedation” for his own comfort, the press release said, but is now conscious.
There is no indication in the release when the mayor might be able to return to work or even if that remains a possibility.
Ward’s family requested that visitors “continue to be restricted to immediate family members,” the press release said.
The hospital said it would keep the media updated on Ward’s condition with information consistent with federal law and as directed by the mayor’s family.
Ward has served in the city’s top job since 2007. He was a city councilor for seven turns before winning the mayor’s seat.
Gov.-elect Dan Malloy has Ward on the short list as a potential veterans affairs commissioner. Ward, a former service officer for veterans, served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam, earning two Purple Hearts in the process.
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26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great news! Hurry up and get well Art. Bristol needs you!

Anonymous said...

Now all the hypocrites who have been "praying" for Ward can get back to expressing their true feelings.

Anonymous said...

Lets start praying Bristol could survive all these raises the mayor and are pushing forward. The tax payers better start praying now. Ken said the prayers are working in BRISTOL.

Anonymous said...

cockayne is such a fake.

Cockayne Addict said...

Go Cockayne, Go Cockayne, Go Cockayne, GO!

And may our Lord grant the Ward family their prayers this Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Keep in mind that this council and
BOF has basically sat on their hands while
Bristol flounders.

It is not all Wards fault, he didn't elect the council, but he does control the BOF.

If cockayne wants to be mayor, hpratzedie should show some initiate in doing his job.

Anonymous said...

I dont beleive KEN was praying. They all better start praying the tax payers dont start getting smart to the games being played with all these raises. THEN YOU WILL SEE PRAYERS AT WORK.

Anonymous said...

Cockayne screwed Ward every chance he could and now he's pretending to wish him well? I think not! I just wonder when people are going to wise up to this jerk?

Cockayne Addict said...

Fight Cockayne, Fight Cockayne, Fight Coakayne, FIGHT!

Anonymous said...

7:40... Well said.

Anonymous said...

Cockayne addict needs an intervention.

Anonymous said...

Ken is no leader hes a follower. He wants to be like Art try being yourself one man giving the store away is enough. Art is a great guy but he cant run BRISTOL only into the ground. Hes mayor 3 years anD 3 tax increases. ART I pray you get better and leave BRISTOL.We as tax payers cant take anymore of your leadership.

Anonymous said...

We, as human beings, can't take anymore of your bullsh*t 12:42. I pray that you learn compassion, learn to spell and then, take your own advice and LEAVE. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Go ahead Cockayne addict . Kiss his ass you still won't be worth anything. You have done what for the community? Except kiss the Republicans ass. Be great like you are . A super useless brown nozer!

Anonymous said...

Get well soon so you could take the job in hartford. Bristol cant survive any longer with you giving raises and take ken with you.

Anonymous said...

Bristol moved from serious to crtical condition some trade off.Ken means start praying we as a city could survive.

Anonymous said...

no one believes cockayne...he is a joke.

Good old Tom said...

Cockpain is a giant douche.

Cockayne Addict said...

Nothing can stop Cockayne now! It is his destiny to be the Mayor for a long time! He will crush all oppostion!! And I will there there for and with him all the way!!

Anonymous said...

cockayne addict...get some help

Cockayne Addict said...

December 17, 2010 10:20 AM:

I, and all taxpayers, are getting help.

From Ken Cockayne!!

Go Cockayne Go Cockayne Go Cockayne GO! Fight Cockayne, fight Cockayne, fight Cockayne FIGHT!!!

Anonymous said...

10:20 You sound like a lovesick teenager. Go kiss Cockayne's butt. Nobody cares.

Anonymous said...

December 17, 2010 12:38 PM:

They care about your opinion though...NOT!

Anonymous said...

All you Cockayne fans:

Just what has Cockayne done in the three years he has been on the Council?

Except mouth off!

Anonymous said...

All Cockayne's fans? Other than that flakey "cocayne addict" and maybe his mother, I don't think he has any.

Anonymous said...

be prepared, cockayne will run for mayor, citing his "experience".
And he will run over everybody, just as he has in the past.

All because of the lack of republican leadership.