UPDATE: Councilman Jewell headed home after heart attack

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond City Councilman Marty Jewell is out of the hospital and resting at home after his heart attack on Tuesday night.

His colleagues and neighbors are praying for a speedy recovery.

Jewell complained of nausea and congestion moments before he called 911 Tuesday evening from his house on Maplewood Avenue. He arrived at St. Mary's by ambulance.

That's according to 5th Council District Liaison, Francine Young, who says Jewell had a heart attack and that doctors inserted a stent to open a blocked artery. Earlier that day, Young says the 64 year old wasn't feeling well and went to VCU Medical Center and had some tests done. On Monday, Jewell attended a council luncheon and a council meeting later that evening.

"He seemed fine Monday night. I feel real bad for him and his family. They're in my thoughts and prayers," said Councilman Charles Samuels.  

"It's a sad day. Marty's a council person. Marty's one of our colleagues, one of our friends, he's part of us. We're family," said Councilwoman Reva Trammell.

Jewell made headlines late last year when he was arrested for DUI near his Byrd Park home. Jewell later pleaded no contest and apologized. Right now, the focus is on his recovery. Colleagues and neighbors want him to get well soon and get back to work.

"He's in my prayers and I will be praying that he will get better to continue the job that he's doing," said longtime neighbor Harold Fells.

"He's going to be fine. He's going to be fine. He needs our prayers. He needs our support. He's a fighter," said Trammell.

Jewell's liaison says he's received a lot of phone calls and visitors. But wanted to stress that he really needs his rest.

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