Doctors confirmed Mayor Jim Suttle suffered a mild stroke as the mayor remained off the job over concerns about his health.
Suttle, 68, was admitted to Methodist Hospital on Monday night and was undergoing tests for what doctors believed was a “transient ischemic attack,” the mayor's office said. At the Tuesday afternoon press conference, his doctor said he didn't suffer a TIA but in fact had a stroke.
Suttle returned to Omaha on Monday night aboard a private air ambulance jet, which mayoral spokeswoman Aida Amoura said was chartered “to prevent any further risks to his health.” He was then taken to the hospital for further evaluation.
It is still unclear when Suttle might return to work.
Suttle is not incapacitated, the mayor's office said.
But Tom Mulligan, president of the City Council, will continue to serve as acting mayor at least through Tuesday while Suttle is evaluated.
The latest developments on Suttle's health came after days of murky reports on his condition after he checked himself into the hospital during an economic tour of Europe.
Initially, Amoura said he “was not feeling like himself” and was supposed to be kept in a hospital in Naas, Ireland, for 24 hours of observation.
Then over the weekend, Amoura reported that Suttle's blood pressure was a bit high and that doctors wanted to stabilize it before releasing him.
By Monday, Suttle's office said the mayor was tired and dehydrated, and had a spike in his blood pressure.
He ended up staying in the hospital in Ireland for four days before flying back by air ambulance, a cost that Suttle or his insurance is expected to cover, Amoura said.
Suttle's last physical was earlier this year, and he received a clean bill of health, the mayor's office said.
Press conference on Suttle's health
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World-Herald staff writer Bob Glissmann contributed to this report.