STATE REP. SCOTT BACK ON THE JOB DAY AFTER FAINTING

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STATE REP. SCOTT BACK ON THE JOB DAY AFTER FAINTING

By Bobby Harrison

Daily Journal Jackson Bureau

JACKSON – State Rep. Eloise Scott, D-Tupelo, was back at work Wednesday as vice chairman of the House Education Committee after being taken to the hospital from the state Capitol by ambulance a day earlier.

Scott, who was kept overnight at University Medical Center, said doctors ran numerous tests and concluded that she was OK.

House and Senate members and staffers were not so sure she was OK Tuesday after she fainted at her desk right after lunch. Rep. Jim Barnett, D-Brookhaven, a medical doctor, said Tuesday that Scott’s blood pressure had dropped, apparently causing her to pass out.

But by Wednesday, she appeared fine as she was greeted by legislators. Scott, in her third term in the state Legislature, said she was released from the hospital at noon Wednesday. She attended a House Education Committee meeting that started at 1 p.m.

She said she was overwhelmed by the concern shown by people who heard about her hospitalization.

“You just can’t believe the comradeship when you are away from home,” she said. “People really pull together.”

But she said the only problem with all the support was that her husband could not get a phone call through to her room at University Medical Center. Barnett talked to Scott’s husband, Lex, on more than one occasion Tuesday, assuring him that his wife was fine and that there was no need for him to come to Jackson.

“Finally, someone brought a portable phone to my room so that I could talk to him,” she said.

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