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SNP MP Amy Callaghan leaves hospital after brain haemorrhage

Scottish Nationalist MP Amy Callaghan, 28, has thanked medics after a four-month hospital stay as she was treated for a brain haemorrhage.

The East Dunbartonshire MP, who defeated former Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson for the seat in last year’s general election, fell ill at home on June 10.

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She left the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow on Thursday, tweeting a picture of herself holding a crutch aloft.

She wrote: ‘After 4 months in hospital, today I’ve been discharged. I’m coming home.

‘To the miracle team at @NHSGGC PDRU – now my second family – thank you, I can never, ever repay you.

Amy Callaghan, 28, left the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow on Thursday, tweeting a picture of herself holding a crutch aloft

‘I was wheeled in here. Now I’m walking out. I’m just getting started too.’ 

In an update on her condition in August, it emerged Ms Callaghan had undergone two ‘life-saving’ surgeries.

Fellow MPs, including SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, wished the 28-year-old – who has also battled cancer – well as she left hospital.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also voiced her support for Ms Callaghan, tweeting: ‘Best news of the day. Sending love @AmyCallaghanSNP.’

The MP has continued to work from her hospital bed, most recently writing a letter with Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Rona Mackay to bakery chain Greggs over plans to restructure its business and what that would mean for their constituents.

The East Dunbartonshire MP, who defeated former Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson for the seat in last year's general election, fell ill at home on June 10. Pictured, Ms Callaghan's tweet

The East Dunbartonshire MP, who defeated former Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson for the seat in last year’s general election, fell ill at home on June 10. Pictured, Ms Callaghan’s tweet

The SNP politician was elected to the House of Commons in December after ousting the then Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson from her East Dunbartonshire seat. 

Her brain haemorrhage was said to be ‘related to a previously manageable medical condition’, a statement from her office said. 

Ms Callaghan has previously battled cancer, having been diagnosed with melanoma when she was 19. She has been cancer-free since 2014.

Her brain haemorrhage was said to be 'related to a previously manageable medical condition', a statement from her office said. Pictured, Nicola Sturgeon campaigning with Ms Callaghan before last year's general election

Her brain haemorrhage was said to be ‘related to a previously manageable medical condition’, a statement from her office said. Pictured, Nicola Sturgeon campaigning with Ms Callaghan before last year’s general election

She underwent emergency neurosurgery after ‘imminent risk to life was identified’.

A statement made at the time said: ‘Thanks to the immense skill and response of the medical team involved in her care, Amy was able to successfully pull through the operation and is now stable in hospital.’

Thanking NHS staff for ‘saving her life’, it added: ‘Amy is in good spirits and able to communicate well with family. She has been overwhelmed with the messages of support and kindness, which are a huge source of encouragement. 

‘She has made great progress thus far but is under no illusion of the seriousness of her condition and the rehabilitation that will follow.

In an update on her condition in August, it emerged Ms Callaghan had undergone two 'life-saving' surgeries

In an update on her condition in August, it emerged Ms Callaghan had undergone two ‘life-saving’ surgeries

SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sent her good wishes at the time

SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sent her good wishes at the time

‘As she always has done throughout her life, she will continue to fight. She is determined to overcome what barriers, if any, may now arise as a result of this incident.

‘She wants to make clear that her constituency work will continue: her office is still open for all those who require help and support.

‘There will be a period of required rest and recovery. Whilst this is ongoing, we ask that you respect her and her family’s safety and privacy.

Ms Callaghan, 28, has previously battled cancer

Ms Callaghan, 28, has previously battled cancer

‘It is the privilege of her life to be elected as the Member of Parliament for East Dunbartonshire. 

‘There is absolutely no doubt that Amy will come back stronger, fitter and more determined than ever to continue in that role and serve, to the best of her ability, the people of her constituency.’ 

SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sent her good wishes at the time.

She tweeted she was ‘sending lots of love and strength to @AmyCallaghanSNP and her family, and wishing her the speediest possible recovery’.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford MP said: ‘My thoughts and best wishes are with Amy and her family at this incredibly difficult time.

‘I wish Amy a full and speedy recovery from everyone in the SNP, and would ask that people please respect her family’s privacy now and in the weeks to come.’

A spokesman for the MP added: ‘On Wednesday, Amy Callaghan was found collapsed at home suffering from a brain haemorrhage.

‘She was admitted to hospital for emergency neurosurgery and is now beginning the process of recovery.

‘Amy and her family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to our NHS staff for their excellent care and support.

‘All our thoughts are with Amy and her family at this time. We would ask that people please respect their privacy as she recovers.’

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