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State Rep. Matt Barton, R-Calhoun, speaks during a February 2020 event in Calhoun.

State Rep. Matt Barton, R-Calhoun, currently hospitalized in Floyd County following a seizure last Thursday, is continuing to recover and getting stronger every day, his wife, Lynne, said Tuesday.

Barton was able to come off a ventilator Monday morning, according to family friend Eddie Hall.

Hall shared the following message from Barton:

“Last week, I faced an unexpected health challenge from an infection that caused a seizure. With God’s mercy, I am blessed to be recovering well, and I want to thank the doctors and nurses at Redmond Regional Medical Center for their excellent care. I will be taking a few days to get back to fighting strength and then get back to work for my neighbors and our community.”

Hall said Barton, who operates a medical transport service, was at Redmond either making a delivery or picking something up on Thursday when the seizure occurred. Hall said that doctors have determined Barton has a severe blood infection.

Barton, a former member of the Calhoun City Council, represents District 5, which included the bulk of Gordon County and a portion of Murray County.

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