Precinct 3 Nueces County Commissioner Oscar Ortiz is recovering after having major surgery last week.
County officials said Friday that the commissioner had been admitted Feb. 7 to Christus Spohn-Shoreline Hospital to undergo quintuple bypass surgery to relieve some blockages in his heart.
Ortiz, 56, was in the hospital the weekend of Feb. 2, but delayed his surgery until after a Feb. 6 Commissioners Court meeting, a staff member said. It is not known what led to the commissioner going to the hospital that weekend.
U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, said in a written statement Friday that his brother was already on the mend and in good spirits.
"My brother's surgery was successful and he (has) already begun talking to us," Ortiz said. "He will be ready to resume his duties after a short recuperation."
The medical procedure, known also as a coronary artery bypass graft surgery, undergone by the commissioner is meant to increase blood flow to the heart muscle tissue by rerouting blood flow through a new artery or vein that is grafted around diseased sections of coronary arteries.
Total recovery time is about four to six weeks, hospital officials said, but Ortiz may be released by the end of this week.