November 28, 2014

Omaha mayor to be released from hospital after mild stroke in Ireland

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle is scheduled to be released from the hospital on Wednesday, after suffering a mild stroke while traveling in Ireland.

Suttle, 68, checked into a hospital in Ireland after experiencing mild slurring of speech, a bit of vertigo and some numbness around his mouth. After initial treatment in Ireland, Suttle flew back to Omaha via air ambulance to be admitted to Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Elizabeth Denman at Methodist Hospital said this afternoon that Suttle has recovered nicely.

“He’s been given a clean bill of health. He is 100% recovered. We expect that he could go back to work at any time,” Denman told reporters during a news conference at the hospital. “However, we have recommended that he go back on Monday and take a few days to rest.”

A spokeswoman for the city says Suttle will return to office on Monday.

City Council president Tom Mulligan has been serving as acting mayor.

Tom Stanton, KFAB, contributed to this report.