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Morrow councilman hospitalized with Parkinson’s

Morrow City Councilman Virlyn Slaton cast votes via speaker phone during the council's meeting Tuesday. Slaton has been hospitalized because of Parkinson's Disease for more than a month.

Morrow City Councilman Virlyn Slaton cast votes via speaker phone during the council's meeting Tuesday. Slaton has been hospitalized because of Parkinson's Disease for more than a month.

— A member of the Morrow City Council has been receiving treatment for a major neurological disease in an Atlanta-area hospital for at least a month and a half.

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Morrow City Councilman Virlyn Slaton

When Councilman Virlyn Slaton first went into the hospital last month, city officials initially said he was receiving treatment for minor ailments. However, Councilwoman Jeanell Bridges surprised many attendees at the council’s meeting Tuesday when she revealed his condition was much more severe than previously thought.

Slaton participated in votes at the meeting from his hospital bed via telephone. Bridges had to repeat comments he made to the council because his voice was barely audible to members of the audience.

“He said he’s in the hospital with a ‘mild’ case of Parkinson’s Disease,” Bridges told the audience.

The new revelations about Slaton’s health raise questions about whether he will be able to fulfill the remaining 11 months of his term. His seat on the council is up for re-election in November.

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