2012 News Countdown: Gist recovers from brain surgery

Dec 27, 2012

RI Education Commissioner Deborah Gist
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

It was a busy year in the Ocean State, and Rhode Island Public Radio’s counting down the top ten news stories of 2012. At number eight is Education Commissioner Deborah Gists’ recovery from brain surgery.
The brain tumor was discovered back in August after Gist suffered a concussion from hitting her head while aboard an airplane. It was believed to be a meningioma, which is a slow growing tumor that’s usually benign. The surgery took place in Boston. There were no complications during surgery. Gist stayed in touch with her staff while out on medical leave, and RIDE Deputy Commissioner, David Abbott, stepped in as acting commissioner.
Gist returned to work last month. She says she returned with enthusiasm and excited to be back at work.
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