Rob Ford has been admitted to Humber River Hospital where doctors say a CT scan revealed an abdominal tumour.
Hospital officials say Ford went to the ER Wednesday afternoon after complaining of intense abdominal pain. Doctors say that Ford has been in pain for three months, but the symptoms dramatically worsened over the last 24 hours.
Doug Ford was visibly upset as he spoke to media asking for privacy for himself and his family. Councillor Ford explained he was having breakfast with his brother Wednesday morning when the pain became unbearable. He continued saying says the mayor is in good spirits but would not comment on the mayor’s health affecting his re-election bid.
The shocking revelation of Ford’s tumour has already sent shock waves through the city. Ford’s colleagues, supporters and haters all took to social media after news broke yesterday of his health issues:
Doctor’s not involved in his case say the mayor will likely be off the campaign trail for weeks even in the best case scenario. Even a benign tumour would require surgery and recovery time.
If the tumour is malignant, Ford would require surgery and possibly chemotherapy. One doctor told the Sun that Ford felt pain in the “left lower quadrant of the abdomen” and that could signal a serious issue, perhaps meaning a bowel or a colon cancer. However, other doctors say it could be something like diverticulitis with an abscess.
Ford was hospitalized in 2009 for a tumor on his appendix. It was removed along with part of his colon. Then, in 2011 he was treated for kidney stones.
The mayor’s father, Doug Ford Sr., died in 2006 of colon cancer. The mayor remains in hospital as more tests are needed.
– Q New Media Editor / Chris Bundas –