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Hodge returns to work

Charlie Hodge returned to the city council table Monday afternoon.

The Kelowna city councillor was back in his chair nearly six weeks after major jaw reconstruction surgery.

The procedure included the removal of three inches of the tibia bone from his right leg.

Hodge says a titanium plate in his jaw was removed, with a new one inserted. He says the plate was then screwed to the new bone to form his jaw bone.

"It was scary," admitted Hodge of the eight-hour procedure performed Oct. 25.

Three days later, he said the pain was so great he woke up, wondering if he wanted to make it. A half hour later, the answer was a defiant yes!

"I'm so blessed," said Hodge, referring to the doctors and nurses at Kelowna General Hospital, and the patience of his wife Teresa.

"I have never been so happy to sit at a council table."

While doctors suggested he would need up to two months to recuperate, Hodge said when he went in for surgery he would be back at the beginning of December.

When asked Monday if he was at council against his doctors wished, Hodge gave a playful, "no comment."

"They said pace yourself. They didn't say whose pace."



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