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April 08. 2014 6:48PM

UPDATED: Gatsas brother says Manchester mayor recovering from bypass surgery


Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas thanks Greek Orthodox Bishop Metropolitan Methodios of Boston for presenting the inauguration Invocation at the Palace Theatre. (BOB LaPREE/UNION LEADER FILE)

MANCHESTER -- Mayor Ted Gatsas is described as "resting comfortably," after what a family member said was successful "by-pass surgery."
In a statement released by the mayor's office, his brother, Michael Gatsas, said Gatsas is "resting comfortably in his room at Catholic Medical Center," and that "doctors have informed us that the operation was a success, that Teddy is doing well and that they expect a full recovery."
Michael Gatsas said the family was "overwhelmed" with well wishes that have been received and requested privacy so that the mayor can rest and recover.
"In the coming weeks Teddy will be focused on attending to his health and anyone who knows my brother understands that he will begin to reengage with city leaders," the statement said.
 
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Text of statement on medical condition of Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, released by his brother Michael.
"Earlier today my brother underwent by-pass surgery. He is now resting comfortably in his room at Catholic Medical Center. The doctors have informed us that the operation was a success, that Teddy is doing well, and that they expect a full recovery. At this time we would like to thank the CMC staff who have provided him with wonderful care. We would also like to extend thanks to the residents of Manchester and supporters throughout the state for all of their thoughts and prayers. We are overwhelmed with the well wishes that have been, and continue to be, extended to the Mayor. At this time we request privacy so my brother can rest and take time to properly recover. In the coming weeks Teddy will be focused on attending to his health and anyone who knows my brother understands that he will begin to reengage with city leaders.”
 
Earlier versions of this story follow:
  
MANCHESTER -- Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas was to undergo surgery Tuesday morning at Catholic Medical Center for an undisclosed medical procedure

The Union Leader has learned that the mayor was to undergo gall bladder surgery.

The mayor's spokesman declined to confirm or deny the nature of the medical procedure.

On Monday, Gatsas released a statement that said he conferred with his doctors last week and "it was determined that I should undergo a medical procedure" Tuesday morning.

Samantha Piatt, Gatsas' chief of staff, said no further details would be released on the procedure.

Piatt said the mayor expected to make a full recovery, and would continue working with aldermen during his convalescence. She said that "no further details" would be released out of respect for the mayor's privacy.

"I fully expect to be back at City Hall working on behalf of Queen City residents in the coming weeks," Gatsas said in his statement prior to the surgery. "In the meantime I will engage with city leaders while also attending to my health."

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen had posted a public hearing on the city budget proposed by Gatsas for 6 p.m. Tuesday night.

That meeting will be held as scheduled, as will a meeting of the Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting to follow.

Alderman-At-Large Dan O'Neil, the chairman of the board of aldermen, will preside over the meeting, as he will at any other meetings normally chaired by the mayor. School board meetings will be presided over by board vice chairman, at-large member Dave Wihby.

Gatsas was to give his "State of the City" address this morning before the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce at St. Anselm Institute of Politics, but that has been postponed. Other meetings where the mayor's attendance is critical will be postponed and rescheduled, according to his office staff.

Gatsas said in his statement that he is confident that, through a coordinated effort by city department heads and staff, city business will be attended to as usual.

Previous story follows:
MANCHESTER — Mayor Ted Gatsas is set to undergo an undisclosed medical procedure this morning, after he was unexpectedly admitted to Catholic Medical Center (CMC).

In a prepared statement Monday from CMC, Gatsas said: "After conferring with my doctors last week, it was determined that I should undergo a medical procedure tomorrow morning."

Samantha Piatt, Gatsas' chief of staff, said the mayor is expected to make a full recovery. He is eager to return to office, she said, and will continue working with the aldermen on pressing city matters.

Piatt said "no further details" would be released out of respect for the mayor's privacy.

The mayor's office had released Gatsas' public schedule on Friday indicating that he would be participating in a number of events this week, including the public hearing on the budget slated for 6 p.m. tonight at City Hall.

That meeting will be held as scheduled, as will the Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting to follow.
Alderman-At-Large Dan O'Neil, the chairman of the board of aldermen, will preside over the meeting, as he will at any other meetings normally chaired by the mayor. School board meetings will be presided over by board vice chairman, at-large member Dave Wihby.
Gatsas was to give his "State of the City" address this morning before the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce at St. Anselm Institute of Politics, but that has been postponed.Other meetings where the mayor's attendance is critical will be postponed and rescheduled, according to his office staff.

Gatsas said in his statement that he is confident that, through a coordinated effort by city department heads and staff, city business will be attended to as usual.

"I fully expect to be back at City Hall working on behalf of Queen City residents in the coming weeks," Gatsas said. "In the meantime I will engage with city leaders while also attending to my health."

Union Leader Staff Writers Ted Siefer and Pat Grossmith contributed to this report.



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