NEW YORK (MorichesDaily) — The former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch was moved into the intensive care unit at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Thursday, according to his spokesman.
Koch’s cardiologist and lead doctor, Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum, said he wanted to monitor the former mayor more closely, according to George Arzt, the former Mayor’s spokesman.
Koch was readmitted to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital on Monday with shortness of breath. He had been released two days earlier after being treated for water in his lungs and legs. He had initially been admitted on Jan. 19.
His hospitalization follows two other ones in recent months.
In December, he was admitted with a respiratory infection. The former mayor was also hospitalized in September after feeling weak while staying with friends in North Carolina. He was treated for anemia, was released after three days and said he planned to head straight to his office at a law firm.
In 2009, Koch spent five weeks at the hospital, undergoing a quadruple bypass in June and gallbladder surgery in July.
Koch, 88, served three terms as mayor from 1978 to 1989, the year he lost the Democratic primary to David Dinkins.