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15/06/2020 09:52 BST

SNP MP Amy Callaghan In Stable Condition After Brain Haemorrhage

The 28-year-old collapsed at home and was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.

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 Amy Callaghan MP who took the East Dunbartonshire s

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SNP MP Amy Callaghan is in hospital recovering from a brain haemorrhage. 

The 28-year-old collapsed at home on Wednesday and was rushed to hospital for emergency neurosurgery and is in a stable condition, her office confirmed in a statement thanking the NHS. 

The MP for East Dunbartonshire is described as in “good spirits” and “able to communicate well with her family” but could face a long period of rehabilitation. 

A spokesperson added the incident was related to a “previously manageable medical condition”. 

Callaghan, who is a rising star in Nicola Sturgeon’s party having defeated Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson in December’s general election, survived a major operation for cancer aged 19 and was given the all-clear in 2014. 

A spokesperson for the MP said: “On Wednesday, Amy Callaghan was found collapsed at home suffering from a brain haemorrhage. She was admitted to hospital for emergency neurosurgery and is now beginning the process of recovery.‬

“Amy and her family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to our NHS staff for their excellent care and support. All our thoughts are with Amy and her family at this time. We would ask that people please respect their privacy as she recovers.”

The statement from Callaghan’s office reads: “On Wednesday, Amy was found by her partner collapsed at home suffering from a brain haemorrhage related to a previously manageable medical condition. Imminent risk to life was identified and she was admitted to hospital for emergency neurosurgery.

“Thanks to the immense skill and response of the medical team involved in her care, Amy was able to successfully pull through the operation and is now stable in hospital. She wishes to put on record her enormous love and gratitude to all involved in her care – the first response and ambulance crew, accident and emergency staff, the neurological surgeons and the wonderful nursing team – who have all played a role in, undoubtedly, saving her life.

“Amy is in good spirits and able to communicate well with family. She has been overwhelmed with the messages of support and kindness which are a huge source of encouragement.  She has made great progress thus far but is under no illusion of the seriousness of her condition and the rehabilitation that will follow.

“As she always has done throughout her life, she will continue to fight. She is determined to overcome what barriers, if any, may now arise as a result of this incident. She wants to make clear that her constituency work will continue: her office is still open for all those who require help and support.

“There will be a period of required rest and recovery. Whilst this is ongoing, we ask that you respect her and her family’s safety and privacy.  

“It is the privilege of her life to be elected as the Member of Parliament for East Dunbartonshire. There is absolutely no doubt that Amy will come back stronger, fitter and more determined than ever to continue in that role and serve, to the best of her ability, the people of her constituency.” 

The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford MP added: “My thoughts and best wishes are with Amy and her family at this incredibly difficult time. I wish Amy a full and speedy recovery from everyone in the SNP, and would ask that people please respect her family’s privacy now and in the weeks to come.”