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Eagle County commissioner Sara Fisher recovering from brain aneurysm

Sara Fisher

EAGLE COUNTY – Eagle County Commissioner Sara Fisher is in a Denver hospital recovering from a brain aneurysm.

Fisher, who holds the western Eagle County seat, fell ill Sunday afternoon and was taken by ambulance to Denver for surgery and observation. According to a press release from the county, she is expected to make a full recovery.

At the request of Fisher’s husband, Bill, county officials didn’t say much about Fisher’s absence at meetings Monday and Tuesday, saying only that Sara Fisher was “under the weather.” Bill Fisher Wednesday referred requests for information to the county offices.

Reaction around the offices was a combination of concern for Fisher’s well-being and surprise.

“It’s not like somebody fell down and broke a leg,” Commissioner Peter Runyon said. “This is really a wake-up call for all of us about these issues.”

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County communications director Kris Friel said that Fisher wanted to be sure any information the county sent out would include links to information about brain aneurysms.

“That’s the way she is – always concerned about other people,” Friel said.

While Fisher could miss a few commissioners’ meetings, Runyon said business will continue to get done. But, he added, any issue on which the three-person board might be split will be delayed until Fisher returns.

“If we disagree, we try to work it out,” Runyon said. “We would never take advantage of something like this to get something through.”

Fisher, a Democrat, was elected in 2006. Her first term expires at the end of next year. She previously served several terms at the county’s clerk and recorder.

According to the Web site http://www.brainaneurysm.com, a brain aneurysm is a bulging artery in the brain. If the bulge ruptures, it can lead to internal bleeding, stroke, and possibly death.

According to the site:

Sometimes patients describing “the worst headache in my life” are actually experiencing one of the symptoms of brain aneurysms related to having a rupture. Other ruptured cerebral aneurysm symptoms include:

• Nausea and vomiting.

• Stiff neck or neck pain.

• Blurred vision or double vision.

• Pain above and behind the eye.

• Dilated pupils.

• Sensitivity to light.

• Loss of sensation

Unruptured cerebral aneurysm symptoms include:

• Peripheral vision deficits.

• Thinking or processing problems.

• Speech complications.

• Perceptual problems.

• Sudden changes in behavior.

• Loss of balance and coordination.

• Decreased concentration.

• Short-term memory difficulty.

• Fatigue.

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