Mayor Dave Bing Returns To Hospital With Pulmonary Embolism

Detroit Mayor Bing returned to Henry Ford Hospital Wednesday, after being released earlier this week. He is being treated for acute pulmonary embolism in his lungs, a spokeswoman said Thursday afternoon.

"Pulmonary embolism is often caused by a blood clot that forms elsewhere in the body and travels to the lungs. This condition is treatable with medications called anticoagulants, commonly referred to as blood thinners," said Dr. John Popovich, president and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital and a respiratory specialist with extensive knowledge of the disorder.

"The mayor is alert, in good spirits, and expected to make a full recovery with discharge anticipated in a few days."

Bing underwent surgery to mend a perforated colon on March 24, and had just been released from the Hospital on Monday. He was recuperating at his Manoogian Mansion residence, but returned to the hospital as a precautionary measure after experiencing some discomfort.

Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis tasked with executing Bing's duties during his recovery period. City officials say Lewis and Bing are in frequent communication and the mayor is providing in put on city operations, including the decision to enter into a consent agreement with the state.