MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak left the hospital Tuesday, three days after he suffered a heart attack while cross-country skiing.
Former aide Andy Holmaas released a statement saying Rybak will recuperate for "the next couple of weeks" following his release from Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Rybak will then begin his new job as executive director of Generation Next, an organization focused on closing the achievement gap between white and minority students in Minneapolis and St. Paul schools.
Holmaas said that doctors have performed two angioplasties and inserted six stents since Rybak entered the hospital, the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1a5PuKt ) reported.
"The family is hoping others will learn from this experience making sure that everyone in their family is aware of their medical health history," Holmaas said in an emailed statement.
Rybak, 58, was hospitalized Saturday after experiencing shortness of breath and chest pains while skiing at Theodore Wirth Park in Golden Valley.
Rybak's wife, Megan O'Hara, said in a voice message Monday that Rybak will bypass participating in his usual skate-ski long race in the City of Lakes Loppet this year. But she said he hopes to participate in a luminary loppet ski tour Feb. 1, the night before the marquee 42-kilometer race.
Rybak, a Democrat, served as mayor for 12 years but did not seek re-election to a fourth term. Betsy Hodges recently was sworn in as the new mayor.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com