Hopkins 'Fine' After Surgery

January 04, 1991|By Paul Shread | Paul Shread,Staff writer

Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins is doing fine after undergoing surgery for an ulcerated vein in his neck on New Year's Day, City Administrator Michael Mallinoff said yesterday.

Hopkins, 65, planned to go home from Anne Arundel Medical Center today and will return to work Jan. 14. He was listed in stable condition at the hospital yesterday, Mallinoff said. The hospital referred reporters' calls about Hopkins to City Hall.

Hopkins was admitted to the hospital Sunday after he felt numbness in his right hand, Mallinoff said. He said Hopkins also had flu-like symptoms.

Mallinoff said doctors checked for heart problems but found none. "His heart and everything else was fine," he said.

Doctors also scanned his veins, looking for blockage, but found none, Mallinoff said. The tests, however, turned up an ulcerated vein in his neck. Mallinoff said the worn vein was restricting the flow of blood to his arm, causing numbness.

"By the time they found it, the numbness had gone, but they decided to take care of it anyway," Mallinoff said.

The mayor was watching a New Year's Day football game on television when the doctors decided to operate.

Hopkins doesn't planto appoint an acting mayor, and Mallinoff said he is keeping the mayor informed of city business. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for the day the mayor returns to work.

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