ONE of the longest serving county councillors in Hastings has told how he could have died after he collapsed at home with a ruptured kidney.
Veteran politician Godfrey Daniel, who was represented Braybrooke and Castle ward since 1997, was at home on April 15 when he suddenly fell ill.
“I just collapsed there and then,” he said. “Luckily my partner was in the house and she phone the ambulance otherwise I might have been in big trouble. “Doctors said I could’ve died.”
Cllr Daniel, 62, was rushed to the Conquest hospital.
He spent two days in the High Dependency Unit before being transferred to Eastbourne District General Hospital. He returned home on Monday April 29 but
was not well enough to attend the election count at Horntye Park on Thursday night, the first one he has missed.
The kidney was stabilised and tests will be carried out over the coming weeks to decide what to do next.
Cllr Daniel began feeling unwell at the start of April and doctors gave him anti-biotics but his condition deteriorated.
He managed to spend a few hours out and about campaigning but lost a lot of strength.
Despite not being able to get to the doorsteps in the run up to the election, the larger than life character romped to victory with the biggest vote and the biggest majority with 56 per cent of the vote.
Cllr Daniel said: “A candidate is judged on what he has done over the two years, not the last two weeks of electioneering.
“I was so disappointed not to be at the count because it was a fantastic result for me and our party.
“I was to thank all the doctors and nurses at the hospitals who did a fantastic job. I have had dozens of cards from well wishers which was very touching.
“I worked hard for many years and people recognise that.
“I must rest for a bit now and get my strength back. Doctors said it was quite a rare condition and I will need some more tests.
“But I look forward to serving the people of Braybrooke and Castle for another two years.”