Nanaimo city Coun. Gordon Fuller remained in critical condition at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Monday morning after suffering a major heart attack on the weekend.
Fuller, a first-time city councillor and community advocate, has been on life support at the hospital since Sunday, when he went into cardiac arrest.
Fuller was found slumped in his vehicle on the side of the road early Sunday and was given CPR almost immediately, according to his brother, Robert, who said at this point the city councillor is under sedation and on life support but seems to be holding his own.
An update on his condition was expected Monday afternoon after sedation was reduced.
Social media feeds have been full of messages of prayers and get-well wishes since news of Fuller’s heart attack was made public. Robert Fuller said the response has been phenomenal and thanks people for the well wishes and care, although he asked that people not phone or visit the hospital.
“The hospital is getting flooded by calls,” he said. “It’s just this time is needed for him and it’s needed for the hospital staff to do the good work they are doing.”
Mayor Bill McKay, who was at the hospital Sunday and who has been kept apprised of Gord Fuller’s condition by the family, said he was stunned and concerned.
“Gord is an integral part of this council,” he said. “After how many tries to council, he finally made it. He’s got way too much work to do to have something like this interfere, so we are just hoping and praying that he has a speedy recovery so that he can get back to doing what he loves doing – helping his community.”