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Mayor Mike Purzycki
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Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki underwent emergency heart bypass surgery Wednesday at Christiana Care Hospital.

A city press release said that his annual physical and subsequent tests this week revealed a significant blockage of heart arteries, which resulted in the surgery.

It began about 7:30 a.m. and ended early in the afternoon.

The press release said Chief of Staff Tanya Washington and senior staff have been in touch with the Mayor in recent days regarding his test results and the surgery.

 

She said in the release that Purzycki was in good spirits last night even though he was not looking forward to the surgery.

Washington said in the release that 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.

Following the City Charter, City Council President Hanifa Shabazz was notified of the mayor’s surgery this morning.

Purzycki is 75 years old and works out regularly. He is expected to make a full recovery, the release said.

 

He was re-elected to a second four-year term in November and will be sworn-in virtually on Jan. 5. He told staff Tuesday night he expected to take the oath of office on Tuesday, either at the hospital or at home.

The mayor also offered a message 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 need

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