November 7, 2014 10:36 pm

Brampton mayor Susan Fennell to undergo spinal surgery

File photo of Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell, pictured in Gage Park.

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BRAMPTON, Ont. – Outgoing Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell is set to undergo urgent spinal surgery, according to a statement issued by her office.

The statement says Fennell was rushed to hospital on Oct. 15 with severe back pain and an emergency MRI revealed she had two herniated discs.

The statement says Fennell’s surgeon recommended urgent surgery to avoid nerve damage complications, with the procedure slated to take place as soon as possible.

The development means Fennell won’t be present at a special council meeting next week which was set to address an arbitrator’s report on expenses by city council.

Fennell recently lost her bid for re-election amid a spending scandal that rocked the city northwest of Toronto.

A recent audit found she broke municipal expense rules – including on business-class flights, premium hotel rooms and cellphone IQ quizzes.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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