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Berkeley County commissioner 'doing well' after stroke

April 15, 2002|BY SARAH MULLIN

Berkeley County Commissioner Robert Burkhart was reported working on routine county business from his hospital bed at Winchester Medical Center, Va., where he was admitted after suffering a minor stroke last Sunday.

Burkhart was stricken while he attended a grandson's basketball game.

County Administrator Deborah Hammond visited Burkhart the hospital Thursday night and Burkhart has been making decisions via the telephone, his daughter, Bobbi Miller, said Friday during a phone interview in his hospital room.

"He is doing really well. Right now he has three ladies around him. ... He looks pretty happy," Miller said.

Miller said doctors expect Burkhart to make a full recovery.

Burkhart was experiencing weakness in his left side and started physical therapy to strengthen on Friday, Miller said.

"He is determined," she said.

Miller said the family does not know when Burkhart will be released.

She said Burkhart has had cardiovascular problems in the past and the stroke was related to those problems.

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"We are real thankful it wasn't more serious than it was," she said.

Miller said there has been an outpouring of cards, flowers and phone calls from the community and numerous visits from county officials.

"The community has been wonderful," she said.

Burkhart attends numerous county boards and sits on the commission.

In addition, Miller said he has never missed a soccer, basketball or baseball game or a music or dance performance in which any of his 11 grandchildren have participate.

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