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Topeka mayor to get pacemaker after COVID-19 damages heart


August 12, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla will have a pacemaker implanted on Monday because of damage to her heart from COVID-19, she said Wednesday.

De La Isla was hospitalized for 12 days earlier this year because of COVID-19 health issues. She also had minor surgery after the virus attacked her gastrointestinal system.

"COVID is no joke," she said. "On Monday, this is all going to get fixed."

State health department data showed that Kansas averaged 37 new COVID-19 hospitalizations a day for the seven days ending Wednesday, the highest figure in six months. The state averaged...

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