MANATEE -- Manatee County Commissioner Larry Bustle is being moved out of the intensive care unit at Blake Medical Center, according to Commissioner Carol Whitmore.
"He's progressing well," Whitmore said Wednesday. "He's totally alert and orientated, joking with the doctors."
Bustle, 79, who suffered a minor hemorrhagic stroke Monday, was taken to Blake after he fell ill during a Manatee County Chamber of Commerce breakfast featuring briefings from state lawmakers.
Bustle, who began rehabilitation right away in the ICU, is communicating well with doctors, Whitmore said.
"The physicians came up to me and are so respectful of him that he is the war veteran that he is," Whitmore said. "The physicians were in awe of his service to the country. Everybody in the hospital has said: 'Commissioner Bustle has been ejected out of planes in Vietnam, he can handle this.'"
On Tuesday, Bustle's family, who is with him at the hospital, released a statement saying Bustle is expected to make a full recovery.
"There will be a period of rest, recovery and rehabilitation but doctors have told us that Larry is progressing nicely and a full recovery is expected," the statement reads.
Bustle, a former mayor of Palmetto, has filed to run for a third four-year term on the commission in the 2016 elections.
Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter@Claire_Aronson.