Doctors confirm Suttle suffered mild stroke

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August 7th, 2012

Update: At a press conference late Tuesday afternoon, Suttle’s doctors confirmed the mayor suffered a mild stroke. Omaha City Councilman Thomas Mulligan will continue as acting mayor in his stead. It’s unclear when Suttle, 68, will return to work.

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle is back in Omaha following his admittance to a hospital in Ireland late last week. The mayor is currently undergoing multiple tests to see if he possibly suffered a mini stroke.

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Mayor Suttle was touring Omaha’s sister cities in Europe with stops in Lithuania, Germany and Ireland last week. While in Ireland, Suttle started to feel ill, said spokesperson Aida Amoura. “While he was in Naas, Ireland he called his wife,” Amoura said, “and said he wasn’t feeling like himself.” Amoura said Suttle described his symptoms and his wife, who is a nurse, “suggested he go to the hospital right away.”

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle returned to Omaha Tuesday following a ten day tour of Omaha European sister cities. (Photo by Robyn Wisch)

Amoura said hospital staff said Suttle seemed tired and dehydrated, and noted a spike in his blood pressure. After his admittance to the hospital, Suttle’s blood pressure stabilized and he was prepared for release. But doctors recommended he return home via air ambulance in case anything unexpected occurred, Amoura said.

Amoura said Suttle is currently at Methodist Hospital in Omaha getting numerous tests to see if he possibly had a mini stroke. A mini stroke is also referred to as a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). It occurs when blood flow to part of the brain is blocked. After a short time, blood flows again and the symptoms go away. However, the occurrence of a TIA could increase the likelihood of a more serious stroke in the future.

“First we have to find out what wrong, if there is anything wrong at all,” Amoura said. “Then he will probably rest for a few days.”

“If everything is good and well, we expect he will be back to work next week.”

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