Retiring state Sen. Edith Prague is hospitalized with a broken pelvis suffered in a freak incident when walking her dog. Sen. Prague’s daughter Shelley says her mother was doing her usual power walking with her dog around the track at the elementary school in Columbia when a large, unleashed, dog jumped up and knocked the senator down. The dog was apparently not vicious and didn’t attack the senator further. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
Prague, a plain-spoken and hard-working senator, has been in public service for some 30 years and as a state senator since 1994. She is known as a tireless advocate for issues involving seniors and health care. She was also a key vote for the abolishment of the death penalty in Connecticut.
State Senate President Don Williams visited Sen. Prague in the hospital this weekend. “Edith is a fighter and will be able to bounce back from this. I look forward to seeing her at the capitol advocating for causes that are close to her heart,” he said.
Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, who is close to Sen. Prague, tells The Hanging Shad, “Edith is a tough lady and this little episode won’t keep her down for long. Her family says she’s ready to get out of the hospital already, which I guess shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.”
Sen. Prague suffered a stroke in on Christmas night in 2011. She rebounded to serve another term before announcing she would retire. The new state Senate is being sworn in Wednesday at which point the always active 87-year old Sen. Prague will become a private citizen.
Shelley Prague says her mother is in a lot of pain and will need extensive rehab. She didn’t know if surgery would be needed.