Mayor Pat Hallisey

League City Mayor Pat Hallisey is recovering at the Texas Medical Center.

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League City Mayor Pat Hallisey’s health continues to improve at a Houston facility after he suffered a heart attack in October, his wife said Tuesday.

“Next week, I will be looking for a rehab center to move him closer to home,” Janice Hallisey said. “His progress is nothing short of amazing, the doctors say.”

Pat Hallisey, 67, is staying at the Texas Medical Center after several leg surgeries, including the amputation of his left leg. After his heart attack on Oct. 10, his legs lost circulation, and doctors performed surgeries to improve his blood flow, Janice Hallisey said.

He is attending physical therapy sessions, she said. Talking is still difficult for him after having a tube in his throat during his surgeries, she said.

The Halliseys’ home in Clear Creek Village flooded during Hurricane Harvey at the end of August. Pat Hallisey posted daily videos on social media to keep residents updated on debris pickup and Federal Emergency Management Agency sightings. He also toured different neighborhoods and visited with residents, listening to their concerns and fears.

Pat Hallisey was working at the home Oct. 10 when he became ill before that evening’s city council meeting. He went to the hospital and council members learned about his condition by the end of the meeting.

Friends took over repairs of the Halliseys’ flood-damaged home. They are still making improvements with a goal of having the home ready by the time Pat Hallisey is released from the rehab center.

Individuals, businesses and organizations have posted get well wishes on social media and on electronic signs in League City.

Janice Hallisey canceled this year’s Mayor’s Holiday Ball, a moneymaker for the three-day Holiday in the Park celebration in December. She had considered going ahead with the event and fundraiser, which would have been held Saturday, she changed plans after her husband’s heart attack, she said.

But Holiday in the Park is happening Dec. 1-3, she said. The theme for the Dec. 2 parade is favorite Christmas movies. And one of the favorite Hallisey movies playing Dec. 1 is “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

That movie fits Pat Hallisey’s attitude, Janice Hallisey said.

“We’re hoping the mayor will lead the parade,” she said. “He could be wearing a red sweater in a convertible. And then he’ll go straight home.”

Valerie Wells: 409-683-5246; valerie.wells@galvnews.com

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