The mayor’s spokesperson, Aida Amoura, says Suttle’s doctors are examining Suttle to determine if he has had what is known as a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA).
According to WebMD:
“Some people call a TIA a mini-stroke, because the symptoms are like those of a stroke but don’t last long. A TIA happens when blood flow to part of the brain is blocked or reduced, often by a blood clot. After a short time, blood flows again and the symptoms go away. With a stroke the blood flow stays blocked, and the brain has permanent damage. A TIA is a warning: it means you are likely to have a stroke in the future.”
Suttle is in Methodist Hospital undergoing more tests after falling ill and spending the weekend in an Ireland hospital.
The mayor arrived back in Omaha last night, flown in on an air-ambulance.
According to Amoura, doctors in Naas, Ireland did not want Suttle to fly home on a commercial airline,”out of precaution.”
Amoura, who says the 68-year-old mayor is paying for the flight, adds that Suttle is not expected back at city hall until next week.
According to Amoura although Suttle is not incapacitated City Council President Tom Mulligan, who serves as acting mayor when Suttle is out of town, will continue sitting in for Suttle at least until Wednesday.
With his blood pressure spiking, feeling tired and dehydrated, Suttle checked himself into the hospital Friday.
Amoura says those symptoms were “under control” before Suttle left Ireland. The mayor had been on a 10 day economic development trip in Europe.
The administration has been going through some rough times lately, most notably a controversy over hefty raises Suttle gave to some of his top aides.
Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org
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