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Politics & Government

Detroit mayor undergoes surgery, will remain in hospital for 5 to 7 more days

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (file photo)

DETROIT (AP) — Mayor Dave Bing has had surgery Saturday to repair a perforation of his intestines and is expected to remain in a Detroit hospital for five to seven days.

Dr. Scott Dulchavsky, chair of surgery at Henry Ford Hospital, says in a release the procedure was successful and the 68-year-old Bing "is resting comfortably."

Dulchavsky says he expects a "faster than normal recovery."

Bing is expected to return to his normal activities within three weeks, but will be allowed to resume limited administrative duties as early as Sunday. Chief of Staff Kirk Lewis will act as mayor in Bing's absence.

Bing's office said he experienced discomfort Thursday after a dental appointment and was admitted to the hospital as a precaution.