Anderson, SC Mayor Terence Roberts said he underwent a minimally-invasive procedure Thursday to repair a brain aneurysm, according to a statement issued Saturday by the city.
Roberts, 57, said the brain aneurysm was diagnosed last Sunday after he was taken by ambulance to AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson and then flown by helicopter to Greenville Memorial Hospital.
According to WebMD, a brain aneurysm is a bulging, weak area in the wall of an artery that supplies blood to the brain.
“I am blessed beyond belief for having not only survived such a serious incident but having done so with no significant long term consequences,” Roberts said in the statement emailed by City Manager Linda McConnell. “Given the seriousness of this condition, I remain under the care of the staff at Greenville Memorial Hospital, primarily for precautionary measures.”
The mayor also thanked “the citizens of Anderson as well as my family and friends for their prayers and support over the past week.”
“I am truly grateful for the outpouring of support from our community during this past week. I couldn’t be prouder to be associated with such a caring City and compassionate citizenry,” Roberts said. “I look forward to seeing everyone soon at Anderson’s Thursday Night Block Party!”
He said he has been in contact with McConnell and “will ensure the business of the City of Anderson continues to move forward.”
Anderson City Councilman Matt Harbin presided over the council’s meeting Monday night in his role as mayor pro tem. He also is expected to preside over the council’s next meeting.
Saturday’s statement marked the mayor’s first public comments since he was hospitalized. Greenville Memorial issued a statement Monday saying that Roberts had been brought to the hospital as a precaution after experiencing shortness of breath and becoming light headed.