NEW YORK CITY — A former press aide to Bill de Blasio was in a medically induced coma after falling off a treadmill and suffering a severe head injury Saturday, a family spokesman said.
Karen Hinton, who's had a long career doing communications for government officials, fell off the treadmill at her gym in Mt. Kisco on Saturday, but was with people who rushed to her aid, a family spokesman said.
She initially had surgery at Northern Westchester Medical Center and was transferred to another facility where she's listed in stable condition, the spokesman said.
"Our colleague Karen Hinton had a horrible accident and is now in a medically induced coma," de Blasio said.
"It's weighing on all of us to see one of our own in such a situation is just painful and we're going to do everything wse can to support her family and praying for a full recovery," he added.
Hinton was de Blasio's press secretary from June 2015 to June 2016 before joining Fenton Communications, a firm that specializes in social justice organizations.
"She's as tough as they come. The family expects she'll fight this and make a full recovery," said Jennifer Fermino, who works at Fenton.
Politicians and reporters took to social media to express their support for Hinton.
My thoughts and prayers are with Karen Hinton and her family.— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 10, 2017
Hinton once worked as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to her LinkedIn page.