Rob Ford back home after kidney stone procedure

City Hall bureau chief — The Globe and Mail

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is home and resting comfortably after undergoing a procedure to break up a kidney stone Friday.

"He's in good spirits. He's happy it's over and done with," Adrienne Batra, the mayor's press secretary, said. "It's going to be a few days until he feels 100 per cent again."

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The mayor's schedule will be cleared for the next couple of days while he recuperates, Ms. Batra she said. It's too early to say when he'll return to work, she added.

Mr. Ford's pain started Wednesday while he was in meetings at City Hall.

He checked into Sunnybrook Hospital Thursday on an out-patient basis. His doctor later confirmed he was suffering from a five-to-six-millimetre kidney stone.

The mayor returned to hospital Friday to see a urologist and undergo a procedure to break up the stone.

Mr. Ford's health problems forced him to skip a visit from Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who met instead with Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday.

During a photo-op in the mayor's protocol lounge, Calgary's new leader revealed he has something in common with his bedridden Toronto counterpart.

"I know [kidney stones]are not much fun because I've had the same problem myself some years ago," Mr. Nenshi said. "When I had it, I didn't have headlines in the newspaper saying, 'the stone has now passed.' And I think I preferred it that way."