NEW PORT RICHEY — Mayor Bob Consalvo will spend this Thanksgiving in the hospital, recovering from emergency surgery for a stomach condition.
"I was hoping to get out before that, but it looks like it will be a couple more days," Consalvo told the Times on Wednesday in a telephone interview from his hospital room at the Medical Center of Trinity.
Consalvo, 71, underwent surgery Saturday after going to the hospital with intense pain in his stomach. He said his illness was a scare but he is looking forward to getting back to work.
"It was unexpected. I didn't see this coming," he said. "But we're going to get back, that is if they'll still have me."
Deputy Mayor Rob Marlowe ran the City Council meeting on Tuesday evening, and asked the public to pray for Consalvo's recovery.
"It was a big shock to hear" the mayor was in the hospital, Marlowe said after the meeting. "We really miss him and can't wait to get him back."