WARREN — Mayor Jim Fouts said he spent the night in the hospital March 11 but that he expected to recover quickly after a fall during a morning jog along Ryan Road.
“I was jogging yesterday (March 11) at 7 o’clock in the morning. It was dark. I’ve been running on the street and I started running on the sidewalk,” Fouts said by phone from Royal Oak’s William Beaumont Hospital March 12. “It was almost like I did a swimming dive. I went straight down and hit my head. I split my head wide open.”
The mayor said he didn’t lose consciousness but that he suffered a black eye and a cut on his head that needed stitches to close.
Fouts said he fell on the sidewalk along Ryan between 12 Mile and Martin roads and that he eventually went to the St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren for treatment and X-rays. He later went to Beaumont for further evaluation after the doctor found a small amount of blood near the back of his brain.
“He said right now it’s mild, but it could become severe. He said usually these things clear up,” Fouts said. “I think I’m going to be fine.”
Fouts said he was held overnight for observation pending release on March 12 ahead of a follow-up examination in two weeks. He added that it wasn’t the first time he’d been injured while jogging but that it was the most serious injury he’d sustained.
The mayor said city business went on as usual and that he was in contact with department heads while he was in the hospital.
In the event of an incapacitating injury, Warren City Council Secretary Scott Stevens, the city’s mayor pro tem, would have assumed the mayor’s responsibilities.
Fouts said he hadn’t talked to Stevens but that he expected to be back to work at City Hall as soon as March 12.
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