DCBE mayor Dick Pruitt suffers stroke

January 12, 2013

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For the second time in two weeks, a Hood County mayor has fallen victim to a severe stroke.

Dick Pruitt, mayor of deCordova, was airlifted to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth early Wednesday morning, according to City Secretary Sylvia Hickey. Just two weeks earlier – on Dec. 27 – Granbury Mayor Rickie Pratt also suffered a severe stroke.

Hickey spoke to the Hood County News about Pruitt at around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, just after leaving the 80-year-old mayor’s hospital room.

“He’s extremely serious,” she said of his condition.

Twenty-four hours later, however, the city secretary reported that Pruitt appeared to be “improving.”

“We’re getting some good reports back from the cardiologist,” she said. She added that Pruitt opened his eyes Wednesday night and that his son and daughter believed that he recognized them.

The city secretary indicated that Pruitt felt ill in the early morning hours Wednesday, but would not allow for help to be called until around 4 a.m. It was reportedly the same time of the morning that help was summoned for Pratt two days after Christmas. Hickey said that Pruitt had been among those who visited Pratt in the Neuro-ICU at Plaza Medical Center.

At Tuesday night’s regular meeting of the Granbury City Council, it was announced that Pratt has been moved to a rehab facility.

Hickey stated that the first 24 hours are critical in terms of whether someone survives a severe stroke.

“I believe he is a fighter,” Hickey said of the deCordova city official.

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