HILO, Hawaii (KHOn2) — Big Island Mayor Mitch Roth was taken to the North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) in the evening on Saturday, Jan. 9 for what he described as discomfort in his chest.
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County officials say the newly inaugurated Hawaii County mayor was transported to the Hilo Medical Center shortly after his arrival at NHCH where he had a stent put in.
In a show of support for the mayor’s recovery, U.S. Congressman and Big Island native Kaialiʻi Kahele issued the following statement:
I would like to extend my prayers and well wishes to Hawaii Island Mayor Mitch Roth for a full and speedy recovery. We also extend our aloha to his wife Noriko and their entire family who are supporting him at home.U.S. Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele
Hawaii County Managing Director Lee Lord will serve as Acting Mayor during Roth’s recovery.
“I would like to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers at this time,” said Mayor Roth. “I have had excellent treatment from the moment I began to feel discomfort, and would especially like to thank our Hawaii County first responders for their adept response and care. My wife Noriko and I look forward to a speedy recovery and are confident that Lee will do a phenomenal job as Acting Mayor.”
County officials say doctors are still evaluating the mayor.
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