Wilmington Mayor Purzycki recovering from heart bypass surgery


Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki today underwent heart bypass surgery at ChristianaCare Hospital near Newark.

A release from the city stated that  Purzycki came through the surgery in good shape and is in recovery. Purzycki recently had his annual physical, and further testing this week indicated a serious blockage of his coronary arteries.

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  surgery.  Under 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.
 Purzycki, who is 75 years old is expected to make a full recovery.

He  was re-elected to a second four-year term in November and will be sworn-in virtually on Tuesday, January 5.

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. 

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