Medical officials say the mayor has a tumour in his abdomen, but no word yet on whether it is malignant, or how it will affect his campaign.
Rob Ford checked into Humber River Hospital’s Church Street location in Weston on Wednesday due to ongoing stomach pain; later in the evening doctors confirmed that he has been diagnosed with a tumour.
At a press conference announcing the news, his brother and campaign manager said that no decision has been made about the status of Ford’s campaign, and that they will offer more details as the mayor’s medical condition becomes clearer.
Doug Ford told reporters that his brother had been suffering from abdominal pain for three and a half months. This morning, after a breakfast at Perkins, Rob told his brother that the pain had become “unbearable.”
According to Humber River Hospital’s Dr. Rueben Devlin, a CT scan confirmed that the mayor has a tumour in the lower left quadrant of his abdomen. The extent of the tumour is unknown at this time and will require further testing, including a biopsy. Dr. Devlin could not offer further comments about the mayor’s prognosis at this point, but said surgery might be an option depending on the mayor’s needs. He did not say whether the tumour was malignant, but at one point did refer to oncologists being part of the medical team that might play a role in decision-making.
Ford has been admitted to the hospital for further examination and care, and Dr. Devlin said that he hopes the results of the preliminary medical investigation will be available this week.
Doug Ford called on the media to give the family some space as it deals with the health crisis. “If you could just leave us alone, that would be great for the next couple of days,” he said in response to what the situation will be like for the family.
Nominations for the municipal election officially close on Friday. After that point, a candidate who remains registered could unofficially withdraw from the race via a public statement, but their name would remain on the ballot.
Asked about a decision on whether Rob will continue to run, Doug said, “I have no comment, and I’ll speak to you folks in the next couple of days.”