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Batavia alderman to undergo heart surgery

Third Ward Alderman Dan Chanzit to undergo surgery next month

BATAVIA – Third Ward Alderman Dan Chanzit said he will not be able to physically attend any Batavia City Council meetings for the next few months because he will undergo open heart surgery Sept. 8.

On Wednesday, Chanzit said he has a heart defect called hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy that will require surgery.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a disease in which the heart muscle (myocardium) becomes abnormally thick, according to Mayo Clinic’s website. The thickened heart muscle can make it harder for the heart to pump blood.

He will have the surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He is confident the surgery will be successful.

“It’s supposed to be 99 percent successful,” Chanzit said. “I’m supposed to have a normal life expectancy after the surgery.”

Chanzit first was appointed to the City Council in May 2010.

He ran unopposed in the April 2011 election.

Chanzit, 38, said it will take six to eight weeks for him to recover from the surgery.

“I can’t drive a car for a month or so,” he said.

Although he will not be able to physically attend any City Council meetings until at least mid-October, Chanzit said he plans to participate in meetings via telephone.

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