Updated:
Original:

R.T. Rybak recovering from 2nd surgery

Author:

If former Mayor R.T. Rybak's twitter feed was quiet Monday afternoon, it's probably because he was recovering from a second surgery, according to the Star Tribune.

A spokeswoman at Abbott Northwestern Hospital said Rybak was in good condition after an hour-long operation to clear an artery.

She couldn't say whether his heart has been assessed for damage.

KARE 11 reported Monday's surgery was planned, and he is expected to be released Tuesday.

One of the doctors treating R.T. Rybak says a prompt 911 call likely saved the life of the former Minneapolis mayor.

The Star Tribune reports Dr. Betty Grey of Abbott Northwestern Hospital says Rybak is recovering nicely from Saturday's heart attack. But “If he had waited another 15 minutes … the outcome could have been completely opposite,” Grey says.

Rybak was cross-country skiing at a Minneapolis park when he felt chest pains Saturday.

His daughter said Sunday that Rybak returned to his car and when friends spotted him he asked them to call 911, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

The Star Tribune reported that Rybak will remain hospitalized for several days, but KSTP carried a photo of him from his Twitter account, grinning and giving a hearty thumb's up.

Rybak, 58, took to his Facebook page to greet supporters, writing, "Thanks everyone for all the nice messages. It was scary but I'm going to be just fine. Now, Betsy, I PROMISE to stop making news so you can lead. See everyone on the Theodore Wirth Ski Trails...maybe not tomorrow."

Hundreds of people chimed in with good wishes for the recovering former mayor, who did not run again after serving for 12 years. His successor Betsy Hodges was sworn in last week.

Rybak's last tweet was Monday morning, praising the new Mayor Betsy Hodges.

Next Up

Proctor football

Proctor football investigation: Case goes to county attorney

The office will review the evidence and consider possible criminal charges.

kirsten mitchell screegrab

'I’m heading home!': CA reporter announces return to WCCO

Kirsten Mitchell interned at WCCO years ago. Now, she's coming back as a reporter.

eggs

As part of price gouging settlement, farm to donate 1M eggs to food nonprofits

The egg producer will donate more than 1 million eggs to nonprofits fighting hunger.

plane, Piper PA-32

Sheriff: Witnesses saw plane 'performing aerial maneuvers' before fatal crash

The single-engine aircraft went down in northern Wisconsin, killing a brother and sister.

Screen Shot 2021-10-25 at 8.51.02 AM

Community rallies around Minnetonka HS dancer battling brain tumor

A fundraiser raised more than $44,000 of its $60,000 goal in the first two days.

twin city gardens

In rare move, MDH takes control of Minneapolis nursing home

The temporary receivership is to ensure resident safety.

Sen Mark Koran crop

Lawmaker deletes post encouraging donations to family charged in Capitol riot

Sen. Mark Koran, in his Facebook post, described them as "a good family!"

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 11.04.26 AM

Mother charged with beating daughter to death ruled incompetent

The case against the Woodbury woman will be put "indeterminately suspended."

msp airport

Employers at MSP Airport seeking to hire 700-plus workers

Employers include restaurants, retail, hotel, airlines and security.

Related