Ketchikan borough mayor hospitalized

Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2000

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor Jack Shay was flown to Seattle on Tuesday after continuing to suffer chest pains.

Shay, who had heart surgery about 12 years ago, said he began experiencing chest pains Thursday.

When they did not go away by Sunday, Shay was admitted to Ketchikan General Hospital's intensive care unit. He said at that time that he was diagnosed with angina, a lack of blood supply to the heart.

On Tuesday the mayor traveled to Seattle aboard Airlift Northwest's special medical jet and was admitted to Swedish Heart Institute.

''I'm doing pretty well here,'' Shay told the Ketchikan Daily News. ''I'm in stable condition.''

Shay joked that his hospitalization was not an attempt to avoid the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly's final budget meeting tonight.

''I wish I was there,'' he said.

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