City Manager Leigh Anne Knight is returning home to Covington after suffering a heart attack Wednesday, while on vacation in Panama City, Fla.
A preliminary diagnosis is APS, antiphospholipid syndrome, according to Knight’s husband Scott. APS causes an abnormal clotting of the blood, which is what caused Knight’s heart attack.
“From what we understand there’s no cure,” said Scott, who added they could treat the disease with blood thinners. “That’s the good news,” he said.
The family is flying home on Angel Flight today. They will see Knight’s primary care physician today, a cardiologist Tuesday and a rheumatologist Wednesday. The doctors will lay out what her course of plans should be for resting and getting back to work.
In a previous story, Scott said that the family and doctors were both befuddled given his 45-year-old wife’s previously healthy history.
Deputy City Manager Billy Bouchillon will be the head city administrative official in Knight’s absence, just as he would be during a normal vacation or other absence.