“I heard people say a lot of things about my condition,” Kilpatrick said. “I heard on the news that this is an embarrassing condition for me as the mayor. This happened for a number of reasons. I do have a very stressful job in leading the city of Detroit. I do exercise, but I can exercise more. But what’s embarrassing is that many people in southeastern Michigan deal with this condition and they do not have health insurance. That’s embarrassing. This is a condition that many people live with.”
While attending the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Aim Convention in Houston, Kilpatrick became seriously ill. He knew that he was sick before he left for the convention, but ignored it, thinking it was only muscle pain from working out — until he woke up in the middle of night lying in a puddle of sweat. He then woke up his sons and immediately went to the hospital.
According to doctors, Kilpatrick has diverticulitis, an inflammation of the intestine.
Despite speculation, Kilpatrick says that he maintains a healthy diet. He does not eat beef or pork and he does exercise. However, he acknowledged that there is room for improvement.
The 36-year-old mayor was greeted in the emergency room by a former Detroiter.
“The gentleman that is over the ER in Houston used to work at Sinai-Grace Hospital,” he said.
Kilpatrick’s doctor, Aaron Maddox, flew down to meet with the surgeons to discuss the mayor’s condition.
“I went down there because I was concerned,” Maddox said. “I understand that I am dealing with the mayor of Detroit and he needs to be healthy. I also wanted to meet with the physicians so I could see the X-rays and the tests so when he returned I would be able to treat him.”
The mayor returned home last week after spending three days in the hospital followed by a period of bed rest. He resumed his schedule on Monday, though he said he is taking it easy.
“There is no way possible that I can be on bed rest for two weeks, no way,” Kilpatrick said. “I do understand that my health is important, but I have a commitment to the citizens of the city of Detroit and the responsibility to lead this great city.”
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