Wilmington Mayor recovering after emergency heart bypass surgery

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According to his Chief Of Staff Tanya Washington, Purzycki recently had his annual physical, and other testing this past week that indicated he had a serious blockage of his coronary arteries.

WILMINGTON (DE): After being re-elected a second four-year term in November as Wilmington’s Mayor, Mayor Mike Purzycki is recovering from an emergency heart bypass surgery he underwent Wednesday morning at ChristianaCare according to his chief of staff, Tanya Washington.

According to Washington, Purzycki recently had his annual physical, and other testing this past week that indicated he had a serious blockage of his coronary arteries.

The surgery began at approximately 7:30 Wednesday morning and concluded early in the afternoon and the Mayor came through the surgery well and is in recovery, Washington said.

Washington and senior staff have been communicating with the Mayor in recent days regarding his test results and learned from him last night in a telephone call that surgery had been scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Washington said the Mayor was in good spirits Tuesday night even though he was not looking forward to having major surgery. Still, the Mayor understood how important it was to have the procedure completed as soon as possible.

Washington said all affairs of government will continue normally with the Mayor fully in control and giving directions and guidance from the hospital and then eventually from home as he recovers from the surgery.

Per the City Charter, City Council President Hanifa Shabazz was notified of the Mayor’s surgery this morning in the event a matter of City government needed immediate attention.

Mayor Purzycki, who is 75 years old and works out regularly, is otherwise in good health and is expected to make a full recovery.

The Mayor was re-elected to a second four-year term in November and will be sworn-in virtually on Tuesday, January 5, per the City Charter.

The Mayor told staff last night that he will take the oath of office on Tuesday, either at the hospital or at home as circumstances dictate.

The Mayor also offered a message last night stressing the importance of everyone continuing to pay attention to their individual and family health needs and to follow the advice of medical professionals to have tests and/or undergo treatment as needed.

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