Former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani was rushed into emergency surgery on Sunday night. Giuliani, otherwise known as “America’s Mayor,” has kept up a busy political front while facing health issues over the last several years.
Giuliani served as New York City’s mayor from 1994-2001. During that time, he became known as “America’s mayor” due to his response to the 9/11 attacks.
In 2000 he was planning on running for US Senate but announced that he was dropping out of the race in order to undergo cancer treatment. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer just a month before.
While he took some time off for treatment, he continued receiving high honors and continued with his political endeavors. In 2001 “Time” named him “Person of the Year.” Additionally, he received the Ronald Reagan Presidential Freedom Award from Nancy Reagan in 2002.
In 2007, Giuliani filed a statement of candidacy for the 2008 presidential election, but he ended up dropping out in early 2008.
Most recently, Giuliani served as an adviser to President Trump’s transition team. While his political and social endeavors have kept up a sprint-like pace, many have been worried about Giuliani’s health.
On Sunday, the 73-year-old was vacationing with his family on Long Island when his right leg gave out. He was rushed into emergency quadriceps tendon surgery. The surgery was successful, and Giuliani commented about the situation to Page Six.
He said, “I was a catcher from a very young age, and I have suffered with ‘catcher’s knee’ for years, and the doctors said it would deteriorate. Then my knee gave way when I was walking on Sunday…I tried to get up but [my wife] ordered me not to move. If it hadn’t been for her, the injury would have been a lot worse.”
His wife, Judith, said, “Rudy had to have surgery right away…he will be in the hospital for a few days but he’s in great spirits. He keeps calling me ‘Nurse Nancy.’ He is the eternal optimist. He may have to use crutches for a while.”
Rudy finished his statement by acknowledging that he is a “tough guy,” and that this would not stop him. His wife said that he is already working from his hospital bed with multiple computers and iPads, two phones, and a Kindle.
The optimism that made Rudy Giuliani well known is the same optimism that he carries into this unfavorable situation.
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