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Maricopa County’s Adel responding well to treatment for brain bleed

Nov 19, 2020, 1:21 PM

PHOENIX — Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel is alert and responding well to treatment for a head injury suffered earlier this month, officials said Thursday.

Dr. Michael Lawton, president and CEO of Barrow Neurological Institute, said in a statement that Adel has been receiving treatment for a bleed that caused pressure on the brain.

Barrow surgeons previously removed a blood clot, relieving pressure on the brain.

Adel was rushed to the hospital after she fell and hit her head at home, her office announced on Nov. 3 — election night.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of support during this time and the privacy that has been afforded to our family,” Adel’s family said in a statement.

“We appreciate the community’s continued patience as Allister recovers from surgery and want to thank the physicians and staff at the Barrow Neurological Institute for the world-class care they are providing at this time.”

Chief Deputy Ken Vick and Chief of Staff Candice Copple are overseeing the daily operations of the attorney’s office during Adel’s absence.

Adel, a Republican, wound up defeating Julie Gunnigle by about 35,000 votes to become the first woman elected as Maricopa County attorney.

She’s been in the post since October 2019, when she was appointed to fill the vacancy created when Bill Montgomery’s was named to the Arizona Supreme Court.

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Maricopa County’s Adel responding well to treatment for brain bleed