Grigsby released from intensive care; Pasch expresses relief

Rep. Tamara Grigsby. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Grigsby released from intensive care; Pasch expresses relief

By Matt Montgomery & WTMJ News Team. CREATED Jan 3, 2012 - UPDATED: Jan 3, 2012

MADISON- The office of Rep. Tamara Grigsby (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement regarding the representative's recovery and her move out of intensive care:

"Over the course of the past week, Rep. Grigsby has made phenomenal progress in her medical recovery.  Tamara has been released from intensive care and is being closely monitored under regular patient care.  In addition, she is now able to breathe on her own and eat solid meals.  Tests confirm that Tamara has suffered no brain damage.  Rep. Grigsby has indicated she is not in pain and is determined to recover."

"Doctors continue to aid Tamara in her recovery and are working to address complications involving her kidneys and liver, which have been potentially compromised.  Family and medical staff are very encouraged by her progress and remain confident of a steady recovery."

The encouraging news comes after a sudden hospital stay and a grim outlook.  Though no details are being released about her condition, her staff maintains she did not suffer brain damage.

Friend, colleague and Whitefish Bay Democratic Representative Sandy Pasch has been anxiously awaiting status updates and told TODAY'S TMJ4 the latest news is a sign of relief.

"We all have been praying and very optimistic," said Pasch.  "Representative Grigsby is a fighter.  And we know she's going to fight this."

Though Grigsby's condition is top of mind, Pasch promises other politicians are banding together to share Grigsby's workload.

"People need to know that the offices keep running, and the people they serve will continued to be served," said Pasch.

The Journal Sentinel reports the Milwaukee Democrat was diagnosed with cancer last year and was admitted to a Wisconsin hospital a few weeks ago.