Mayor recovering from surgery
News · January 12, 2013

Mayor Don Kessler underwent heart surgery Monday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., according to information from City Hall and his sister, Karlyn Piatt.
Get Well Wishes may be sent to Mayor Don Kessler, c/o Cory Kessler, 203 Dylan Court, West Branch, IA 52358.

“We wish Mayor Kessler a full recovery,” City Administrator Matt Muckler said. “We know he is in good hands with the excellent staff and doctors at the Mayo Clinic.”

As per the City Code of Ordinances, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Oaks will perform the duties of the Mayor during Mayor Kessler’s absence.

Piatt posted on Facebook that “Brother Don is off the heart-lung (bypass). Breathing on his own. Everything is looking up for him. Thanks for all of the prayers. He still needs your prayers.”

She later posted that the mayor awoke from surgery and “everything is going according to plan. Resting but alert.”

Kessler suffered a heart attack in Aug. 2010.

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