Roth ‘on the mend’, will stay in hospital through weekend

  • courtesy photo Mayor Mitch Roth flashes a shaka in a selfie from his hospital bed in Hilo Medical Center on Friday.

Mayor Mitch Roth is “on the mend” and in a “selfie spirit” at Hilo Medical Center, where he will remain for the weekend, his office said in a statement Friday.

Following Mayor Roth’s second evaluation, doctors have found him to be improving substantially and will continue monitoring his progress.

After suffering from a heart attack last weekend in Kona, the mayor was transported to North Hawaii Community Hospital and later to the Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated and a stent implanted.

“It’s been a tough week, but I feel like I’m on the mend,” Roth said. “The outpouring of aloha and prayer from our community has been heard and felt – deeply. I’m not out of the woods yet, but the doctors say that I’m improving every day. I can’t thank my excellent staff enough for holding down the fort and stepping up to continue serving the people of Hawaii County in my absence.”

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