Big Island Mayor Harry Kim undergoes successful surgery on Oahu

Big Island Mayor Harry Kim undergoes successful surgery on Oahu
Big Island Mayor Harry Kim (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim underwent surgery Friday at the Straub Medical Center in Honolulu.

County officials said the procedure involves clearing a blockage in an artery in his lower extremities. The purpose was to alleviate claudication, or too little blood flow to the legs.

Friday afternoon, county officials along with his wife, Bobbie Kim, said the procedure was successful and Mayor Kim was set to return to Hawaii Island later in the evening.

“We thank everybody for their prayers; lots of people prayed for Harry,” Bobbie said. “The procedure was successful and he’s just fine. Look for Harry at the Christmas Parade on Saturday."

Over the past year, Kim, 79, dealt with a series of health problems, including several heart attacks. And in August, he also underwent another outpatient procedure involving the insertion of a defibrillator.

Ahead of Friday’s surgery, Kim kept a positive attitude saying in a press release, “I have to be home because I want to be in the Christmas Parade with my granddaughter on Saturday."

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