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Toronto mayor out of hospital

Feb. 11, 2011 at 9:53 AM

TORONTO, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford spent several hours in a hospital Thursday being treated for a kidney stone, his spokeswoman said.

Adrienne Batra told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Ford was resting at home and would see a urologist Friday.

"He is in good spirits as some of the pain has subsided," Batra said.

Kidney stones are very common -- accounting for many thousands of emergency room visits every year. They can be very painful but are usually treated without surgery."

The Toronto Star reported the 41-year-old mayor entered Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre at lunchtime to be treated for a "medium-sized" kidney stone and was discharged about 5:30 p.m.

Asked how he was doing, a groggy-sounding Ford told the newspaper by cellphone, "Well, I've been better." Ford has had kidney stones in the past.

Dr. Mike Feldman said standard protocol was planned for the mayor -- treat the pain and wait to see if the stone passes on its own.

"I'm not sure if the stone has passed but I know that his pain is gone," Feldman said.

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