UTTOXETER’S mayor is back where he belongs after attending his first council meeting since undergoing emergency triple heart bypass surgery which saved his life.
Hugh Montgomery was welcomed back with open arms as he attended the full meeting of Uttoxeter Town Council at Uttoxeter Town Hall this week – his first since falling ill just before Christmas.
A busy night for the town council, Councillor Montgomery said he enjoyed getting involved in the goings-on in the town.
He told the Post and Times: “Everyone was very kind to me and the agenda was reasonably good.
“The meeting also went very well with no contentious issues. It was nice to be back actually and it was a good meeting to come back to as it has been a long time.”
The mayor was found to have heart problems after suffering minor chest pains at a civic event in Ashbourne.
However, the extent of his problem was established when he collapsed during a treadmill test.
Subsequent medical tests showed the two main arteries servicing his heart were 90 and 100 per cent blocked respectively.
He has been told since that doctors found the only reason he is still alive is due to a strong heart pump.
Since going under the knife Councillor Montgomery has been recovering at home with his wife Hermione by his side.
However, it has been a slow recovery for the mayor but he is getting stronger each day.
He said: “My recovery is going slowly but it is coming along with the cardiac rehabilitation twice a week.
“That will be going on for around a further nine weeks or so and then they will move me on to stage four.
“This will be where they work on getting my strength back and all of that.
“I am starting to feel better in myself but I do still get aches and pains and I do get very tired very easily but it is all coming along now.”
Councillor Montgomery was operated on by the surgeons at Glenfield Hospital, in Leicester, who he had offered his heartfelt thanks to.
During his absence from his role as Uttoxeter mayor, his mayoral duties were completed by his deputy Karen Haberfield.