With about an hour left to go in his brother’s surgery, Doug Ford thanked medical staff at Mt. Sinai Hospital and the people of Toronto for supporting Rob throughout his ordeal with cancer.
“It’s tough, not only for Rob but his young kids, and his wife and our family,” he said to reporters outside the hospital Monday evening. “We stick together and support each other; but what helps the most… is the outpouring support and the stories you hear from other people.”
Doug was appreciative of the battle that many individuals and families face when confronted with cancer.
“Almost every person has a relative, a friend, a family member who’s gone through this. It’s not about Rob Ford; it’s about anyone that’s fighting cancer, and what they go through… it’s a real tough challenge.”
Surgeons earlier said they successfully removed the tumor from the councillor and former mayor’s abdomen.
“The clinical team at Mount Sinai Hospital has advised that the main mass has been successfully removed from Councillor Ford’s abdomen,” wrote Dan Jacobs, Rob Ford’s executive assistant, in an email late in the afternoon May 11.
Ford has been under the knife at Mt. Sinai Hospital since 9:45 a.m. Given the results, surgery is expected to continue until approximately 8 p.m.
The 10-hour operation was scheduled to remove a five centimeter tumor in Ford’s abdomen — reduced to that size through months of chemo and radiation therapy. Ford was diagnosed with cancer just weeks before nominations closed in the 2014 election, and he made the decision to withdraw from his reelection bid for mayor and run as a city councillor instead.