Chris Fox, cp24.com
Published Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 1:01AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 6:10PM EDT
An irritation in Mayor Rob Ford's throat and stomach aggravated his asthma and led to him being admitted to hospital Tuesday evening, a statement from press secretary George Christopoulos confirms.
According to the statement, Ford remains in hospital but is looking forward to going home "as soon as doctors allow."
“Doctors have identified an irritation in the mayor's throat and stomach which have aggravated his asthma and he is being treated for those conditions,” the statement says. “The mayor is in good spirits and is resting comfortably.”
The mayor was expected to speak at a press conference Tuesday morning about the launch of privatized garbage collection in Toronto -- a project that he championed during his election campaign. However, Ford never showed up and his staff said it was because of a stomach bug.
Ford's office then released a statement late Tuesday night confirming that Ford had gone to the hospital as a “precautionary measure” and would make a “full recovery.”
Speaking with reporters outside the hospital Wednesday morning Christopoulos said the mayor was feeling better, but refused to speculate on when he may be well enough to leave the hospital.
“He has undergone a number of tests, he’s being treated and he is feeling much better today, but that is as far as I can go right now,” he said.
Ford's brother and sister reportedly paid him a visit Tuesday night but neither would say why the mayor had been admitted.
His mother, Dianne Ford, was seen leaving the hospital Wednesday morning but did not speak with reporters.