Hancock County

Bay St. Louis official Wendy McDonald now in rehabilitation center

Bay St. Louis Councilwoman Wendy McDonald
Bay St. Louis Councilwoman Wendy McDonald

Bay St. Louis Councilwoman Wendy McDonald is out of the hospital and now in a rehabilitation center, a sign her condition is improving after she was hit by a car early this month.

The councilwoman and director of Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland was released Friday from the New Orleans hospital where she was a patient for close to three weeks. She was admitted to Touro Rehabilitation Center, also in New Orleans, the same day.

McDonald was hit by a car while attending a funeral at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church on May 2.

A man trying to park in a handicapped spot accidentally hit the accelerator and hit her, police said.

McDonald fell backward and hit her head on the concrete.

She was rushed to Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, where a neurosurgeon removed bone from her skull to relieve swelling. Later in the day, she was airlifted to Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, where she spent 19 days.

Touro Rehabilitation Center offers specialized inpatient and outpatient programs for patients experiencing catastrophic injuries and neurological disorders, according to its website.

Fellow Councilman Jeff Reed said Mayor Less Filingame gave him an update on McDonald's medical condition Friday.

"The mayor said her condition is getting better. I'm very happy for her and her family. I look forward to seeing her come back to the board, but we want her to take her time in recovery."