Mayor's condition remains unchanged

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bob O'Connor's condition remained unchanged yesterday, his spokesman said.

"The situation hasn't changed since [Tuesday] at 3," said spokesman Dick Skrinjar, who said he had just left UPMC Shadyside hospital, but had not personally seen the mayor.

Tuesday, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center reported that the mayor "remains in intensive care at UPMC Shadyside" and is being "treated with anti-seizure medication and antibiotics."

Asked whether Mr. O'Connor was on life support, Mr. Skrinjar said, "I don't know."

Most immediate family members were gathered near the mayor's room in the intensive care unit, he said.

Rumors about the mayor's condition have swirled around Grant Street since Tuesday, when UPMC announced it would no longer issue regular updates on his health.

"It's a distraction," Mr. Skrinjar said of the rumors. "Just like any good team, we don't like to be distracted."

He would not say when the blackout on new medical information might end. The mayor "has the right to privacy," he noted.

He said the mayor's struggles with a brain cancer known as primary central nervous system lymphoma and complications "don't have an effect on operations" of the city.

Initial chemotherapy failed, and radiation treatment was paused this week after doctors found seizures and an infection.


Rich Lord can be reached at rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542.


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