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Good News For Greg Hembree

Lawmaker bounces back from near-death experiences …

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Several local media outlets are reporting on distinctly positive developments related to the health of South Carolina state senator Greg Hembree this week.

The 57-year-old former prosecutor – generally regarded as one of the more substantive, cooler-headed members of the S.C. General Assembly – suffered a brain aneurysm late last month that nearly killed him.

Hembree made it through that ordeal alive – and with no neurological damage, thankfully – but shortly thereafter he developed a serious blood infection that posed another potentially lethal threat.  At one point, things got so bad Hembree had to be sedated so as to allow his body to fight the infection.

Thankfully, he pulled through … and this week he was released from the hospital to his home in Little River, S.C.

According to our sources, Hembree will likely need two to three months to recover from everything he has been through … which means he should be back to 100 percent well before lawmakers reconvene in Columbia, S.C. next January.

One of Hembree’s family members told us it was a “miracle” he made it through both of his health scares alive …

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Hembree is midway through his second term representing S.C. Senate District 28 (map).  Prior to that, he served for more than a dozen years as the S.C. fifteenth circuit solicitor (overseeing Horry and Georgetown counties).

He and his wife, Renee Hembree, have three adult children.

This news site has found occasion to compliment as well as criticize Hembree in the past.  But whatever we think of his votes (usually they aren’t that bad), we eagerly joined his family, friends and colleagues in lifting him up in prayer over the past month as he dealt with these serious health issues.  We also encouraged our readers to do the same.

We weren’t alone.  Politicos of all stripes rallied in support of Hembree.

“From our family to his, our thoughts and prayers are with you in the hope of a speedy recovery,” said Trav Robertson, chairman of the S.C. Democratic Party (SCDP).  “In the political climate in which we live, we must take time to remember that we are all people.  We know that senator Hembree is a fighter, and trust that he will make it through.”

Robertson is right.

There is a lot of bad news in the world.  And a lot of division in the world.

Hembree’s emergence from his health scare(s) unscathed is tremendously good news, and we are also pleased to see that the ordeal he went through served as a uniting influence.  We wish him all the best in the coming weeks as he regains his strength and gets back to work on behalf of his constituents.

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