Former Mayor R.T. Rybak was released from the hospital this afternoon — three days after suffering a heart attack while cross-country skiing in Theodore Wirth Park.
Rybak had two angioplasty prodecures and had six stents inserted during his time at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, according to a statement released by Rybak’s former aide Andy Holmaas.
“R.T. is in great spirits and has returned to his usual self, often joking and being certain that people know the trails were outstanding on Saturday and are aware he skied 7.7 miles before friends called 911,” Holmaas said.
Rybak and his doctor credit his friends who called 911 when they found him in distress in his car in Wirth’s parking lot with saving his life. In classic Rybak fashion, he tweeted about his ordeal following his heart procedure on Jan. 4. “My cardiac surprise/Gave me quite a start/But it proves this politician/Has a great big heart.”
Rybak will take the next couple of weeks to recuperate before starting his job as executive director of Generation Next, an organization focused on eliminating the achievement gap in Twin Cities schools.
“The family is hoping others will learn from this experience making sure that everyone in their family is aware of their medical health history,” Holmaas said. “The entire family is incredibly thankful for the extraordinary care provided by Abbott Northwestern and the overwhelming support from the community.”