Mayor Mitchell resting quietly after surgery

Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell is resting at an area hospital tonight after doctors put three stints in his heart earlier this afternoon.

Mitchell was transported by Rural/Metro Ambulance personnel Sunday morning after complaining of chest pains while getting ready for church, said Amy Cowden, executive administrative assistant to the mayor.

Cowden said the mayor and his wife, Kim, were getting ready for church Sunday morning, July 31, when he told her he just didn't feel well.

"He sat down, and, after a few minutes, told Kim she needed to call the ambulance. Kim said she knew it was serious because he’s not one to go to the doctor,” Cowden said. “After some tests, it was confirmed that he had some blockage, and they did surgery today to put in three stints."

Cowden said the episode was a "best case scenario," because there was no major permanent damage to his heart."

“They were able to put in the stints, and everything went well,” she said. “His blood pressure was a little high right after surgery, but he’s doing great now."

Cowden said that at 7 p.m. Monday the mayor was into the third hour of a six hour period of no movement. She said the doctors were optimistic that the mayor would go home soon.

“If everything goes as planned, he should be released tomorrow (Wednesday). Then they want him to have three to four days of rest, so the earliest he will be back at work is Monday.”

Cowden said the mayor and his wife and family appreciate the support from the community.

“Kim is holding up well. They have a great network of family. His two boys are helping and several brothers and sisters are helping as well,” Cowden said. “I know he appreciates all the prayers going out, and the family needs this time to allow him to rest and recuperate,” she said. “Everyone wanting to check on him is welcome to call the office.”

Cowden said the mayor was in contact with Finance Director Steve Jennings today. “Ed told him to take care of things. He is just going to be out a few days,” she said.

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