Dees begins rehab after breaking hip

TUPELO – Tippah County Circuit Clerk James Ervin Dees continues to recuperate from a fall that broke his hip earlier this month. Dees was at home at the time of the fall. After being released Monday from North Mississippi Medical Center, where surgeons used a steel plate and screws to repair the hip, Dees, 70, began a rehab stay at Golden Living Nursing Home the same day. “Right now, we don’t have any know how long the rehab will take but he’s come a long way since the surgery and he’s well on his way to recuperating,” his son, Bruce, said Tuesday. Bruce added that details of the rehab stay were not available but his father was resting and in good spirits. Bruce, who lives with his father, was home when his father fell. “He had gotten down on the floor Wednesday to turn up the heater because it was cold that night. As he got up, he lost his balance and fell on a part of the floor that wasn’t carpeted.” He had surgery the following day to repair his hip. Dees has faced serious medical issues in recent years. He and Dist. 4 Supervisor Dennis Grisham have served the longest of Tippah’s presently-serving elected officials. Both took office in January, 1984.

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