Mayor suffers stroke

December 29, 2012


Granbury Mayor Rickie Pratt was airlifted to a Fort Worth hospital early Thursday morning, where he was rushed into surgery with a blood clot on his brain, according to city officials. Just before press time Friday morning, a family spokesman said Pratt had suffered “a pretty severe stroke.”

City Manager Wayne McKethan told the Hood County News Thursday morning that he had been told by the mayor’s wife, Janet, that her husband appeared to have suffered a stroke.

“We’re waiting for more information,” McKethan said.

Mayor Pro Tem Nin Hulett said about 9 a.m. Thursday that he had just been notified about the developing situation and had been told surgery was being performed to address a blood clot on the mayor’s brain.

“I don’t have a lot of detail right now,” he said.

Pratt was rushed by air ambulance from Lake Granbury Medical Center to Plaza Medical Center on Eighth Avenue, according to several sources. A city source who asked not to be named said the medical emergency occurred at about 4 a.m. Thursday.

Hospital spokesperson Kathie Russell confirmed that Pratt is a patient at Plaza Medical Center.

“He is in stable condition at this time,” she said Thursday morning.

On Friday morning, Janet Pratt’s brother, Ken Gray, told the Hood County News that Pratt remained in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and “is being closely monitored at this time.”

“The next few days are really important in the initial phase,” he said. “With any type of situation like this, it’s a long haul.”

Gray said that members of the City Council had come to the hospital Thursday afternoon to comfort Janet and provide support.

City Council member Tony Allen, who had gone to Plaza Medical Center with McKethan and Hulett, said Friday morning that he had also checked on Janet Pratt by phone later Thursday evening.

Granbury has a city manager form of government. McKethan said that, while everyone at City Hall was greatly concerned for Pratt, the state of the mayor’s health will have no affect on the day-to-day workings of city government.

“In terms of the operation of the city, it continues on under the city manager, with no change,” McKethan said. “Nin is mayor pro tem, and when the mayor is incapacitated, he performs the mayor’s functions.”

Allen said he has been inundated with calls from people concerned about the mayor and wishing him a speedy recovery..

“I’m just very sorry,” Allen said. “Our prayers and thoughts are with Rickie and his family.”

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