Sheffield mayor is recovering from surgery


SHEFFIELD — Mayor Ian Sanford wants his constituents to know he’s OK, but he’s not ready for a long line of visitors.

Sanford, 62, is recovering in Helen Keller Hospital from gall bladder surgery last week.

“It started out to be a quick deal, but turned out to be a little bit over five-hour surgery,” Sanford said Tuesday.

The mayor said he had not been feeling well for about a month and finally went to see a doctor. He had another appointment set up for Thursday, but his condition worsened May 13.

“I didn’t last that long,” Sanford said.

The mayor said he went to the Helen Keller Hospital emergency room about 7:30 p.m. May 13.

Sanford said he anticipated laparoscopic surgery, which would have allowed him to leave the hospital sooner.

“When they checked into it, they had to open me up to get it out,” Sanford said. “It’s been trying.”

The mayor said he didn’t feel like he would be able to field phone calls, so the hospital was instructed not to release any information.

If his wife was not attending his daughter’s graduation in Austin, Texas, she would have been there to field calls, he said.

“It’s been awkward with Nancy not being in town,” he said. “I just haven’t been in a position to chit chat and entertain company.

“I appreciate everybody’s concern and checking on me.”

Sanford said he expects to be released from the hospital Thursday or Friday.

Russ Corey can be reached at 256-740-5738 or

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