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April 24, 2014

Zanni twice treated for dehydration in hospital this week

METHUEN — Mayor Stephen Zanni went to Holy Family Hospital twice for treatment for dehydration this week.

He was taken by ambulance both times — first after the city Easter egg hunt on Sunday and again Tuesday morning. The dehydration was related to a bout with the flu earlier this month, he said.

“The doctor told me to stay home (to recover from the flu), which I ignored,” he said.

During that time, he appeared in the office for a few hours each day. He said several projects require much of his time, including the high school renovation and expansion project, proposals to improve Nicholson Stadium and the 2015 city budget.

“In hindsight, I should have taken a couple days off,” he said.

Zanni said that hospital workers on Sunday administered a bag of saline for dehydration. Tuesday morning, he began to feel dizzy and developed a headache. At the hospital, he was given two bags of saline and told to take in more fluids.

“Everything turned out fine,” he said, adding he is drinking more water and Gatorade.

Robin Stein, Zanni’s chief of staff, said Tuesday Zanni was out of the office that morning. The mayor attended Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting.

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