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Tillis shows pluck after scary collapse during a road race

Sen. Tillis back in action after incident at road race

North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis posted this second video Wednesday afternoon showing him back in his office on Capitol Hill. Tillis was taken to a Washington-area hospital earlier in the day after collapsing at a road race.
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North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis posted this second video Wednesday afternoon showing him back in his office on Capitol Hill. Tillis was taken to a Washington-area hospital earlier in the day after collapsing at a road race.

Give him this: North Carolina U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis doesn’t let much stand in the way of constituent communication. Only hours after collapsing during a road race benefit in Washington support of Fidelco Guide Dogs, there was Tillis broadcasting a video on his Twitter page from a hospital bed.

Tillis, 56, apparently got a little overheated during the ACLI Capital Challenge 3 Mile Team Race in Washington, and was taken away by ambulance Wednesday morning. Before he was picked up, Tillis was on the ground surrounded by observers, always a scary picture.

But afterward there was Tillis, sitting up in his hospital bed, calm as could be: “Hey everybody,” he said on Twitter, “I’m fine, just running about two-and-a-half miles in, got overheated. No CPR, no special measures, just checking me out. See you back on the hill.”

Sen. Thom Tillis tells people he's ok after collapsing in a road race.

Tillis’ calming video was welcome, and he overheated in a fitness event for a good cause. All those are good examples for constituents or anybody else. The senator’s quick bounce-back was good news all the way around.

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