Hopkins recovering successfully from triple bypass heart surgery Annapolis mayor celebrates birthday

September 03, 1992

Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins was moved from intensive care last night at Washington Hospital Center and his condition was upgraded from serious to fair as he continued to recover from triple bypass heart surgery.

The mayor underwent the nearly six-hour operation Monday afternoon after a fainting spell last week led doctors to discover he had a blocked coronary artery. He was in intensive care for less than 24 hours before being moved to the hospital's cardiac care unit, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Dr. Jorge Garcia, the surgeon who operated on the mayor, said Mr. Hopkins "tolerated the operation very well" and expects him to "have a full recovery."

"Clearly, he is making good progress," said Tom Roskelly, the city's director of public relations and tourism.

Mr. Hopkins celebrated his 67th birthday yesterday. He received dozens of cards, including a long computer poster made by Mr. Roskelly and signed by workers at City Hall.

The heart bypass was the second major operation for the mayor, who suffers from high cholesterol levels. In January 1991, he underwent surgery on an ulcerated neck vein.

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