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By ASHLEY TRUJILLO
Daily Press Staff Writer

Artesia Public School Superintendent Mike Phipps is on the road to recovery.

Phipps returned to work last week, part-time, less than a month after suffering a brain hemorrhage in the early-morning hours of Aug. 25.

“I have never been through an ordeal like this before,” Phipps said Wednesday.

After the hemorrhage occurred, Phipps was taken to the emergency room at Artesia General Hospital before being transported by helicopter to Lubbock.

Once in Lubbock, neurologist Dr. Harold Smith performed a cat scan to determine the severity of Phipps’ condition. The tests revealed that the blood vessels that had broken in Phipps’ brain had already stopped bleeding and would not require surgery.

Phipps was given medication to ensure the bleeding was halted and remained in the hospital under observation for five days. He has since been resting in recovery at home. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.