County Councilman Sam Wilson aiming to bounce back from minor stroke

GEORGETOWN – Hope for a full and speedy recovery are in prayers of friends, colleagues and fellow Sussex Countians for County Councilman Sam Wilson, who was hospitalized after suffering a stroke Friday morning.

Mr. Wilson, 77, was suffered a minor stroke at his Georgetown home about 5:30 a.m. Oct. 16, according to his wife Helen Wilson.

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Sussex County Councilman Sam Wilson

He was initially taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to Christiana Hospital in Newark.

Ms. Wilson said her husband faces therapy, but is in good spirits and itching to return to his seat on Council Council. He is scheduled to start therapy Monday, Ms. Wilson said.

“His prognosis is excellent. We just talked to the doctors today (Sunday),” said Ms. Wilson. “He’d like to be back this week; but you know Sam …”

County Councilman Rob Arlett went to the Newark hospital Friday to be with Mr. Wilson and his family. Amid prayers for a speedy recovery it may be several weeks until his return to County Council, Mr. Arlett said.

County Council president Michael Vincent, who visited Mr. Wilson and family Sunday, said plans are for the County to issue an official statement – upon conferring with the Wilson family – at Tuesday morning’s County Council meeting.

Ms. Wilson said the family is grateful to the EMS and for all of the prayers and support.

“If I could give a word of praise to the paramedics; they are terrific,” said Ms. Wilson. “Many friends … have been really, really good, and we appreciate it. That really means a lot.”

Mr. Wilson, a Republican, has served continuously on Sussex County Council since 2008. He represents District 2, which includes the Georgetown area and northwest portion of the County.

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