Myrtle Beach mayor continues to recover from brain surgery in Charleston

December 31, 2012 

— Mayor John Rhodes continues to recover after having surgery to repair an aneurysm in his brain Saturday morning at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, said city spokesman Mark Kruea.

“He’s doing well,” Kruea said Monday morning. “He’s being moved out of ICU.”

Rhodes, 69, was initially admitted to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center on Thursday afternoon when his blood pressure spiked. Concern over complications from the condition and a possible brain aneurysm sent him to MUSC for further testing Friday that led to the weekend surgery.

Rhodes, who is in his second term as mayor after first being elected in 2005, is expected to return to Myrtle Beach in a day or two, Kruea said.

Rhodes is executive director of the Beach Ball Classic, the annual basketball tournament that continued with semifinal games Saturday night at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. There was a buzz around the games both Thursday and Friday when people noticed the mayor wasn’t in his usual courtside spot.

“He’s been keeping track of Beach Ball on the Internet on his computer,” Kruea said.

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