Martinsburg councilman hopes to return to work after 6-month hiatus

Richard Yauger said 'a bad case of cellulitis' in his left leg and foot ultimately led to amputation

July 20, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • Martinsburg City Councilman Richard Yauger
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Martinsburg City Councilman Richard Yauger said Wednesday he hopes to return soon to council meetings after about a six-month hiatus due to an infection.

Yauger, 79, said "a bad case of cellulitis" in his left leg and foot ultimately led to amputation surgery.

Yauger, whose leg was removed 6 inches below the knee, was hospitalized at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center for three weeks after the surgery, he said.

After being released, Yauger was homebound and has received physical therapy.

Yauger, who recently was cleared from the home program, said he wouldn't wish the experience on his worst enemy.

"It's been a lot of work on my part," Yauger said.

Yauger, who now uses a cane, said he is fortunate that the infection was in his left leg because he can operate the pedals to drive a vehicle.

Yauger said he received "absolutely superb" treatment from medical center staff as well as the physical therapists with West Virginia University Hospitals-East who provided in-home-rehabilitative care.

Yauger represents Ward II on the seven-member council,  representing neighborhoods in the southern and eastern areas of the city.

He also has served as chairman of the council's Budget and Finance Committee, but has not been present for any regular council meetings so far this year, according to attendance records.

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