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Big Island Mayor Harry Kim diagnosed with relapse of pneumonia

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HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Big Island Mayor Harry Kim was taken to the hospital on Friday morning, where he was diagnosed with a relapse of pneumonia, county officials said.

Kim said he suffered severe chills, and that’s when his wife called 911.

He has since been released from the hospital and is now resting at home, officials said.

“They made me promise to stay home today,” said Kim, who has often been resilient when faced with health issues in the past. 

The 78-year-old was diagnosed with walking pneumonia in early May.

And he was also flown to Oahu in late April, where he underwent a heart procedure after suffering what doctors believe to be two heart attacks.

Prior to that, Kim had three heart attacks in recent years. He also underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2008. 

Kim has been at the helm of the ongoing response to the Kilauea eruptions, and was last at the Keaau High School gym on Thursday night, where he was taking a look at the preparations of the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery center.

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