Amy Callaghan has thanked her “second family” of medics after being discharged from hospital after four months.
The SNP MP for East Dunbartonshire suffered a brain haemorrhage in June, but says she’s now “coming home”.
She tweeted a picture of her outside Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital with the message: “After 4 months in hospital, today I’ve been discharged. I’m coming home.
“To the miracle team at [NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Physically Disabled Rehabilitation Unit] – now my second family – thank you. I can never, ever repay you.
“I was wheeled in here. Now I’m walking out. I’m just getting started too.”
🏥 After 4 months in hospital, today I've been discharged. I'm coming home.
🌈 To the miracle team at @NHSGGC PDRU – now my second family – thank you ♥️ I can never, ever repay you.
🚶♀️I was wheeled in here. Now I'm walking out. I'm just getting started too ✌ pic.twitter.com/bkcdTXxusA
— Amy Callaghan MP (@AmyCallaghanSNP) October 15, 2020
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon responded: “Best news of the day. Sending love.”
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford tweeted: “Absolutely delighted to hear this! Best wishes.”
Ms Callaghan, 28, has been an MP since unseating then Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson in last December’s election.
She has previously been treated for skin cancer at the age of 19.
To our NHS – thank you 🌈 I could not be more grateful.
To my team, who have done a power of work continuing to help those in need: you're the best 💛
To you – the people of East Dunbartonshire – it's my privilege to be your MP. I'm fighting for you – always 💪 pic.twitter.com/JBFugCvIyu
— Amy Callaghan MP (@AmyCallaghanSNP) August 30, 2020
In an interview ahead of the 2019 election, she told the Daily Record: “If I can take anything away from having cancer, it’s that it ignited a fire in my belly and a strength in me that I will use to fight for our NHS. It must be protected at all costs.
“I value the NHS and want to protect it and I want to stand against everything that Jo Swinson has done in terms of damaging our health service. The thought that the NHS could end up in private hands terrifies me.”
Ms Callaghan was found by her partner after falling ill at her home on June 10.
In an update on her condition in August, it emerged Ms Callaghan had undergone two “life-saving” surgeries.
The MP has continued to work from her hospital bed, most recently writing a letter with Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Rona Mackay to bakery chain Greggs over plans to restructure its business and what that would mean for their constituents.
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