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Helen Hart 'progressing slowly'

Constant stream of family and friends making way to bedside

By PETER SMITH -- Calgary Sun
 Members of Calgary's wrestling Hart family are optimistic matriarch Helen Hart's coma may be lightening, but they say she is in God's hands.

Following a near-death health scare, Helen remains in the intensive care unit of Foothills Hospital, where last night her son Keith Hart said she was still in a coma.

FAMILY MATRIARCH ... Helen Hart, seen in this file photo, is still in a coma, but her family is optimistic she will recover.
"She's resting comfortably and is progressing slowly, though she hasn't opened her eyes," he said.

"Everyone is very optimistic and the specialists tell us nothing has happened she can't recover from."

Keith said his mother's condition, which is apparently diabetes-related, was sparked by the many hours she spent at Los Angeles Airport after visiting her sister in California.

"Extra security at the airport meant she was there for many hours and became dehydrated and her blood-sugar was way out of whack," said Keith.

Once she arrived back home in Calgary, her husband -- wrestling pioneer Stu Hart -- realized she was unwell and put her to bed.

When he couldn't wake her next day, he called paramedics, and Helen, 76, was taken to hospital, where she stopped breathing -- but was resuscitated -- and suffered some diabetic seizures.

Keith said a constant stream of family members was making its way to Helen's bedside in the hospital.

"The hospital staff in the intensive care unit is doing an incredible job," said Keith.

The Hart family has suffered from both personal tragedies and health scares recently.

Helen and Stu's son Owen Hart was killed in a tragic pro-wrestling stunt in 1999, and Stu, 86, was hospitalized earlier this year with pneumonia and heart problems.

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