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Education commissioner suffered mild stroke

Doctors have concluded that Kentucky Education Commissioner Jon E. Draud suffered a mild stroke, according to the state Department of Education.

After a fall at home, Draud experienced leg pain and difficulty walking. Doctors at first diagnosed a rare but treatable viral condition but later revised the diagnosis.

After more tests, the doctors determined that he actually had a mild stroke that affected his ability to walk.

"The prognosis is good," Draud said in a statement released by the education department. "I expect to make a full recovery and am currently engaging in physical therapy to strengthen my leg muscles. I plan to return to work as soon as possible."

Although he is recovering at home, Draud maintains contact with staff at his Frankfort-based office. He has designated Deputy Commissioner Elaine Farris to act in his absence if needed during his recuperation.

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