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Hawaii Island mayor remains hospitalized in Hilo after suffering heart attack

Mitch Roth announced his plans to run for Hawaii County Mayor, Tuesday at Liliuokalani Gardens...
Mitch Roth announced his plans to run for Hawaii County Mayor, Tuesday at Liliuokalani Gardens in Hilo.(HNN)
Updated: Jan. 11, 2021 at 3:56 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth was listed as being “stable and in good spirits” on Monday after he was hospitalized following a heart attack over the weekend, county officials said.

Roth felt discomfort in his chest Saturday night and was taken by first responders to North Hawaii Community Hospital. Officials say he was then transported to Hilo Medical Center where he was treated and a stent was implanted.

He remains in the hospital for observation, officials said Monday.

“I would like to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers at this time,” said Mayor Roth.

“I have had excellent treatment from the moment I began to feel discomfort, and would especially like to thank our Hawaiʻi County first responders for their adept response and care. My wife Noriko and I look forward to a speedy recovery and are confident that Lee [Lord] will do a phenomenal job as acting Mayor.”

While Roth recovers in the hospital, Hawaii County Managing Director Lee Lord will step in as acting Mayor.

“I look forward to representing you honestly and with integrity in the absence of Mayor Roth,” said Lee Lord, Hawaii County Managing Director. “My wife Linda and I are praying for a speedy recovery for Mitch [Mayor Roth] and look forward to his return.”

This story will be updated.

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