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Former N.C. Insurance Commissioner Long Remains in Coma After Stroke

Jim Long, North Carolina's former insurance commissioner, remained in a coma January 26, five days after suffering what doctors are calling a hemorrhagic stroke. Long,...
January 29, 2009

Jim Long, North Carolina's former insurance commissioner, remained in a coma January 26, five days after suffering what doctors are calling a hemorrhagic stroke. Long, 68, collapsed January 21 on his way to a hearing in the state capitol and has been at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C., since. He remains stable in the intensive care unit, according to a hospital statement. "Jim has suffered a very serious stroke," his wife, Peg O'Connell, said in a statement. "He is still in a coma, but we are hopeful that he will regain consciousness soon." Long left office earlier this month after serving as insurance commissioner for 24 years. When he collapsed, Long was on his way to the final meeting of the Joint Select Study Committee on the Potential Impact of Major Hurricanes, which is studying the future of insurance in the state's coastal counties.

Stroke Leaves Jim Long in Coma (Raleigh NC News-Observer 1/27/09)

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