Skip to comments.(Pittsbrugh) Mayor O'Connor Near Death
Posted on 09/01/2006 3:08:00 AM PDT by prisoner6
POSTED: 11:06 am EDT August 31, 2006
UPDATED: 11:23 pm EDT August 31, 2006
PITTSBURGH -- A representative has confirmed the suspected gravity of Mayor Bob O'Connor's medical situation late Thursday night.
After a nearly two-month battle with a rare form of brain cancer, O'Connor was taken off life support and is living "hour to hour," mayoral spokesman Dick Skrinjar said.
The mayor was resting comfortably with family and close friends by his side at UPMC Shadyside, according to Skrinjar.
As long as he is alive, O'Connor will remain the city's mayor -- a job he has held for less than nine months.
In accordance with the city charter, City Council President Luke Ravenstahl will be sworn in as the new mayor -- Pittsburgh's youngest leader ever, at age 26 -- after O'Connor passes.
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The 61-year-old O'Connor has been hospitalized since July 10 with primary central nervous system lymphoma. Doctors said he has four small tumors on his brain.
O'Connor was downgraded to serious condition on Monday after brain scans showed seizure activity, doctors said. A drain to remove fluid buildup from his brain became infected and was replaced, doctors said.
Before Skrinjar's statement, the most recent update about O'Connor had been the one issued Tuesday afternoon, which simply said he was being treated with anti-seizure medicine and antibiotics.
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He was taken off life support yesterday and is said to be on his own.
If (when) he passes city council president, 26 year old Luke Ravenstahl will become the city's 59th mayor and also be the youngest Pittsburgh mayor ever.
Prayers for him and his family.
However, and I hesitate to mention this, but I have to wonder how long he may have lived had the doctors not begun their "work".
Do you happen to know what his symptoms were before he went into the hospital? I don't know what they were. That is why I am asking.
Praying and hoping for a miracle...............
I was thinking the same thing. As far as symptoms he was admitted to the hospital July tenth thought to be suffering from overwork and the "flu". Mild headaches and an overall tiredness. He was admitted to get some rest and that's when they did the testing that discovered abnormalities. It turned out he had 4 small tumors on his brain.
A friend of mine is a registered nurse who has been with patients with the same type of cancer. She told me that people who she's had experince with usually pass around 45 days after diagnosis. Mayor O'Connor is in this 52nd day I believe.
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The mayor was admitted to Shadyside Hospital after visiting the ER there with flu-like symptoms the first week of July. He only went to the ER as his doctor was out of town at the time.
He was diagnosed with this very rare form of cancer within a couple of days, aggressive treatment was initiated within just a few days afer that.
How sad to wait out all of those Murphy years only to be stricken months into office.
My mother had been having severe back pains in mid to late 1990. She went to the doctor finally about it right after Christmas, had a cat scan done, where it was shown some markings. The doctor wanted her in the hospital for further tests.
She walked into the hospital January 8 - after taking down the Christmas decorations and grocery shopping for Dad while she was in the hospital. I talked with her on the phone that morning and she sounded up - "I'm just glad I'm going to get this pain fixed."
Two weeks later she was dead. They did a biospsy which showed malignancy. January 15 they performed surgery which confirmed cancer in her liver and spreading all over her abdominal area. Jan. 24th, she died.
She may have lived somewhat longer but with ever more increasing pain, I'm sure. I think that if surgery is performed, the body has to take alot of the energy used for fighting the cancer and send it to healing the surgical incisions and it's just too much.
I will secound that!!!! It tears down the immune system.
My prayers for the mayor and his family as well.
My mom had a different type of brain cancer, a glioblastoma. She had always been in excellent health; but started having balance problems. She fell and hurt her shoulder and my dad took her to the ER (happened in the middle of the night). They did routine blood work; found abnormalities, did more tests. Within a day or two they found the tumor. Like Mr. O'Connor, mom had infection problems from the shunt inserted to relieve pressure (her tumor was invasive and inoperable). She was a tiny woman, but the grand mal seizures she had were horrific. From the news accounts Mr. O'Connor's situation sounds so similar to what happened with mom. My prayers are with the family.
Thanks for the fine reply, really ........... but that sentence is very hard to believe.
Also, and not to be argumentative, .......... I read over and over again that this type of cancer is extremely rare. Your nurse friend must really get around.
All of that I knew previously ....... but the question I asked in the earlier post you did not answer (not that you needed to).
My mother also had a glioblastoma. This was nearly 20 years ago, and the the doctors didn't recommend any treatment at all. They gave her two months to live after the diagnosis, and she passed away quietly at home two months later. We wondered at the time if treatment would have helped, but it appears there was nothing that could have been done.
My mom lived six months and one day from the night she went into the ER. A neurologist who was treating mom proclaimed, matter of factly, that she had 'less than six months.' She was in a coma the last couple of months but my dad and I truly believed that she had to prove the doc wrong. Coincidently, my mom was 1st generation, Irish and she (like Mayor O'Connon) had striking snow white hair. I know hair color means nothing, but when I read of the Mayor's diagnosis, I just thought of the similarities.
Very sad, but this does not surprise me. I had a friend in the medical field that told me when he heard about first treatment not working that he would never leave the hospital.
Prayers up for him and his family.
Sad news. Thanks to all on FR who have been praying for our mayor.
May the Lord comfort and strengthen Mr. O'Connor's family at this time of sorrow.
He seemed healthy till the doctors got hold of him. They hit him with radiation,drilled holes in his head,bombarded him with pills. He might very well be sitting at his desk right now if he didn't go into the hospital.
I really wonder about that , too. If the mayor had waited to see his regular physician, or even if he would have gone to South Side or one of the other community hospitals' ER instead of an institution which specializes in these rare and dread diseases, he might still be looking for a diagnosis at this point in time. And he might be in better condition as well.
Prayers for the Mayor and his family.
The man was sick and needed to see a doctor or he wouldn't have gone to the ER. It's hard for patients to decide what to do when diagnosed with cancer. Do you try to beat it or not? It's human nature to want to 'do something' to try to get better.
We had a friend who was diagnosed with Acute leukemia at the age of 26. He was very tired and was having some flu like symptoms. He was diagnosed about 6 days before he died.