(WTNH)–Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who collapsed and suffered a seizure at a campaign event two weeks ago, took the unprecedented step of having a ‘no holds barred’ news conference with his doctors today. Both his personal physician and the surgeon that operated on his brain last summer, say the seizure is no reason for him to stop campaigning for Governor.
Boughton, who has been mayor of Danbury for 17 years and who is considered a top tier candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor, says he just wanted to clear up everything about the incident and be as open about it as humanly possible.
The 54-year-old mayor, who shocked dozens of Republicans at a campaign “meet and greet” event in Avon on March 15 when he collapsed and suffered a seizure, says he took the unprecedented step of holding a news conference with his doctors in an effort at complete transparency about his health.
“He was dehydrated and he was stressed out. That influences things to some extent but the major, major issue is the lack of taking the medicine. Because he hadn’t had a seizure he thought he was fine,” said Dr. Robert Friedlander of the University of Pittsburgh Neurological Center.
Dr. Friedlander is the surgeon that performed Boughton’s brain surgery that removed a lemon-size benign tumor from Boughton’s brain back in August. He proclaimed the surgery a complete success. He also said it was clear that Boughton had missed taking his daily prescription for the anti-seizure medicine Keppra, which is routinely prescribed adding, “With him taking the seizure medicine, the likelihood of having a seizure, I can’t tell you it’s zero, it’s extremely, extremely low. This is a medicine that people take for life.”
Boughton’s personal physician, Dr. Spyros Smith, also attended and said the brain surgery revealed that unlike many men his age, Boughton’s arteries appear to have no heart disease producing plaque adding, “The fact that his middle cerebral artery looked stellar, intact and without plaque and signs of disease means that the rest of his vascular system in all likelihood looks the same.” Boughton added, “It’s a very, very stressful job and I want the people of this state to know that I’m up to be able to handle that stress.”
Boughton will have to have yearly MRI’s, and under state law cannot drive for 90 days because of the seizure His personal physician says, and Boughton admits, he needs to lose some weight, watch his diet, and take exercise. He’s hired a personal trainer.