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South Bend mayor undergoes surgery, to be hospitalized ‘in coming days’

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor James Mueller on June 30, 2022, proclaims Jaden Ivey and Blake Wesley Day for their first-round draft selection in the 2022 NBA Draft and efforts to influence the lives of many in South Bend and the nation. (Photo Provided/City of South Bend via Facebook)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A cardiothoracic team performed surgery Friday on South Bend’s Democrat mayor, the city government said in a Facebook post.

James Mueller, 39, will remain in Memorial Hospital in South Bend for “the coming days,” says the post, which does not indicate what led to the mayor’s surgery. Cardiothoracic surgeons treat conditions in the heart, lungs and chest.

Mueller became mayor in 2020, running for office as Pete Buttigieg was campaigning in April 2019 for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president. Mueller was Buttigieg’s chief of staff.

“James and I are incredibly grateful for the Memorial Hospital staff who have put him on a path toward a speedy recovery. Today was a very personal reminder of how fortunate we are in South Bend to possess such world-class medical care in our city.”

Kellye Mitros Mueller, wife of South Bend Mayor James Mueller