MP returns to Parliament virtually after life-saving surgery on brain haemorrhage

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An MP who underwent two life-saving surgeries following a brain haemorrhage has returned to the House of Commons virtually.

The SNP’s Amy Callaghan, 28, spent four months in hospital after falling ill at her home last June.

She returned to the UK Parliament on Monday via video link to ask education secretary Gavin Williamson a question about the UK’s withdrawal from the EU-funded Erasmus scheme.

Ms Callaghan represents East Dunbartonshire in Scotland – a seat she won from the former Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson in 2019.

Tweeting a video of her Commons return, she said: “Not even that long ago, this felt so far off.

“Delighted to return to (virtual) Parliament, representing the people of East Dunbartonshire.

“My heartfelt thanks to colleagues and well wishers across the country.”

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, speaker of the House of Commons, commented: “Can I say how pleased I am to see you, Amy, and welcome back. It really is good.”

Gavin Williamson added he wished her the “very, very best.”

Ms Callaghan was treated at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, where she underwent emergency neurosurgery.

She then spent four months recovering in the Physically Disabled Rehabilitation Unit.

When she was discharged last October, she said: “To the miracle team at @NHSGGC PDRU – now my second family – thank you, I can never, ever repay you.

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



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