Deputy Ludo Van Campenhout (N-VA) was uneasy on Wednesday during the plenary session of the Flemish parliament, which had to be interrupted for about ten minutes to assist him. Alderman of Sports in Antwerp, Van Campenhout (50) is known for his alcohol problems. The man had already undergone a detoxification five years ago. The development of his state of health and his fight against alcoholism were widely publicised. Over the last few weeks, signs of relapse have prompted his party leader and leader in Antwerp, Bart De Wever, to tighten his tone in this regard while maintaining his confidence.
On Wednesday, Ludo Van Campenhout fell in his chair during the plenary session. Parliamentarians rushed to help him, including Freya Saeys (Open Vld), a doctor of her state, before the emergency services took over. The deputy was taken to the nearest hospital for examinations.
The Flemish Parliament has become accustomed to this type of incident during sittings. This parliamentary session has already seen the ministers Hilde Crevits and Ben Weyts falling victim to discomforts in the hemicycle.