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Linton's Mayor Wilkes hospitalized; scheduled to undergo surgery

Monday, January 28, 2013

Linton's Mayor John Wilkes was hospitalized over the weekend and is expected to be released on Wednesday.

While he is undergoing medical treatment, the president of Linton's City Council, Fred Markle, is serving as acting mayor.

Wilkes was admitted to Greene County General Hospital sometime on Saturday and was being treated in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU), according to the mayor's secretary, Fran Abbott.

Both Abbott and the mayor's pastor, Mike Roth, said Wilkes was diagnosed with an infection of the pancreas and as of Monday, he was improving but doctors recommended removal of the gall bladder.

Roth, staying in frequent contact with the mayor and his family, said there has been an outpouring of concern and support for Wilkes.

"I know John really appreciates the support from the community, but all of his caregivers at the hospital say his need for rest is more important than his need for visits right now," said Roth.

As of Monday, Wilkes was scheduled to undergo surgery to remove his gall bladder on Tuesday afternoon.

Roth said the prognosis was good -- and they expect Wilkes to be released to go home sometime on Wednesday.

The Linton City Council held a short special session late Monday afternoon to correct wording in a contract on the wastewater treatment project.

Markle filled in and conducted the meeting.

Abbott said it's automatic for the head of the council to step in to serve as mayor temporarily if the mayor is incapacitated.

Roth said he was heartened to see how much the community cares about Wilkes.

"It's not been that long ago, the community lost another beloved mayor and so we're all just concerned," said Roth.

"I know lots of people would like to call to wish John well, or visit him, but we're more concerned about him resting right now."

Visits may be appropriate later when the mayor is recovering but for now, anyone who would like to wish him well may drop off or send cards or notes to Mayor John Wilkes at Linton City Hall, 86 S. Main St., Linton, IN 47441.

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It is inappropriate for this to be in the newspaper.

-- Posted by 0123 on Tue, Jan 29, 2013, at 8:51 AM

I disagree. He is an elected official and the city has a right to know what is going on with their leader at all times. I understand the right to privacy, but whenever you get into politics that all goes out the window. I hope he makes a quick recovery because he is a good amyor and man.

-- Posted by baseballdad on Tue, Jan 29, 2013, at 10:09 AM

0123......Wake up!!

-- Posted by homesweethome on Tue, Jan 29, 2013, at 2:42 PM

Thanks for putting this in the paper!

Perhaps speculations will be minimized as informative details are reported.

There comes a time when the Creator needs to oversee some fine tuning, tweeking the body. Be patient with yourself, John. You have capable people supporting you.

-- Posted by Kay Morrison on Tue, Jan 29, 2013, at 7:40 PM

I'm awake. I think it is ok for people to know he is in the hospital and the prognosis, but his exact diagnosis should be private, unless it comes directly from him or he approves for it to be published. According to HIPAA it should be his decision whether or not to make his diagnosis public.

-- Posted by 0123 on Tue, Jan 29, 2013, at 7:58 PM

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