Doctors, family hopeful former state Sen. Jack Taylor will make full recovery after strokes

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— Former state Sen. Jack Taylor is expected to return home to Steamboat Springs next week after spending nearly a month at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood.

Family friend Vance Halvorson said he spoke with Taylor and his wife, Geneva, by phone Tuesday and learned Taylor is due to be released from the hospital March 1.

“He had a good night and a good day,” Halvorson said.

Taylor has been receiving treatment since Feb. 3, when he was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center after having a series of ministrokes. He was flown to Denver after having a larger stroke at YVMC.

Halvorson said Taylor reported doing 3 1/2 hours of therapy Tuesday. He is undergoing occupational, speech and physical therapy.

“They’re hoping to make a full recovery,” Halvorson said.

Halvorson said Taylor’s speech sounds just how it did before the strokes. Taylor also is able to walk without help, though someone walks with him to make sure he is OK, Halvorson said.

“He’s keeping up on all the news and politics and all that stuff,” Halvorson said.

The Taylors are grateful for the support from the community. Halvorson said Taylor has received lots of cards, flowers and visitors. Anyone wanting to send Taylor a card or flowers should contact Swedish Medical Center Patient Information at 303-788-6555.

Taylor is well-known in the Routt County community. He lives in Strawberry Park and served as a Republican state representative from 1993 to 2000 and a state senator from 2001 to 2008.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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