Invercargill city councillor undergoes surgery to relieve brain bleed

Invercargill city councillor Ian Pottinger is in Christchurch Hospital recovering from a brain bleed.

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Invercargill city councillor Ian Pottinger is in Christchurch Hospital recovering from a brain bleed.

Invercargill city councillor Ian Pottinger has undergone surgery to relieve pressure from a brain bleed.

Pottinger started to complain of painful headaches last week before visiting his doctor who sent him for a CT scan.

A brain bleed was discovered and within half an hour Pottinger was rushed by helicopter to Christchurch Hospital where he was admitted to the neurology ward in Christchurch.

He said he had received what he thought was a minor head knock which resulted in a concussion, and in turn the brain bleed.

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On Thursday he underwent surgery where two holes were drilled into his scull to relieve pressure from the brain bleed.

Pottinger, who has been a councillor since 2010, said on Friday morning he was feeling much better following the surgery with his headaches subsiding.

“There was so much pressure and that’s what caused the massive headaches. It’s much better, straight away you knew you had pressure taken off you,” he said.

He thanked all the medical staff that had helped him.

“I tell you, the paramedics on the chopper were amazing. They’ve got to be so multi-skilled.”

Pottinger, who is the council’s infrastructural services committee chairperson, was unsure when he would return to Invercargill. He was also unsure when he would return to on council duties. Although he said his “brain was still going” and he had every intention to see out the term and also seek re-election as a councillor at October’s election.

Pottinger had initially indicated he would stand for mayor but has since withdrawn and instead has thrown his support behind current deputy mayor Nobby Clark.

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