ONE of the longest serving councillors in Hastings has told how he nearly died after he collapsed at home after suffering a ruptured kidney.
Veteran politician Godfrey Daniel, 62, was at home with his partner when he fell seriously ill.
The father of two had been feeling ill since the start of last month but was battling on with his county council election campaigning.
He had been out the day before on April 14 and was gathering his strength to go out again when he collapsed.
“Doctors said I could’ve died,” said cllr Daniel. “It’s a good job my partner was with me or I would have been in serious trouble.”
Cllr Daniel was taken to the Conquest Hospital where he was placed in the High Dependency Unit for two days. He was then transferred to the Eastbourne District General Hospital where he stayed for two weeks before being allowed home on April 29.
He was unable to attend last Thursday’s county council election count at Horntye Park, the first he has ever missed since starting out in local politics almost 20 years ago.
Despite not being on the doorsteps in the run up to the election, he still managed to win with a majority of more than 1,000 votes, the biggest margin on the night. He polled a total of 1,396 votes, the most votes of any candidate on the night.
Cllr Daniel has represented the Braybrooke ward in Hastings since 1994 and the Braybrooke and Castle ward at County Hall since 1997.
He was elected Mayor of Hastings between 1998 and 2000 and has worked as a magistrates in the local courts since 1989.
Last year he worked around the clock to drum up support for his campaign to become the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex.
He finished second behind Katy Bourne.
Cllr Daniel said: “I fell ill at the start of April.
“I was on anti-biotics at the time and was just busy with the election campaigning.
“I just collapsed on the floor and was rushed to hospital. Thankfully my partner was there and she called for help.
“It was quite a scary moment.
“I had a bleeding kidney which was quite an unusual condition. Doctors said it was touch and go. They said I could’ve died.
“The kidney is technically dead now and I have to have more tests.
“I can’t thank the nurses and doctors at both hospitals. I received first class treatment all round.
“I must also thank the well wishers and supports who have sent me lots of cards.
“I am just trying to build up my strength now so I can get back to work.
“It was quite frustrating not being able to attend the count. It was the first one I had missed.
“But I am very proud of my ward and it is an honour to serve the good people of this town. I am looking forward to getting back on my feet.”