By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN - What was expected to be a routine surgery resulted in complications for Cokato City Administrator Don Levens.
In early December, Levens took a medical leave of absence to have a benign tumor removed from behind his eardrum.
According to Levens’ wife, Bev, he encountered complications after the surgery and was placed in intensive care for eight days at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Levens then spent two weeks at Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute located at the hospital.
Originally, Levens was scheduled to spend eight days in the hospital, but his stay was ultimately extended to 25 days.
Levens returned home Jan. 2, and continues with physical therapy to regain his strength.
Though he is up and walking, Levens is still very weak, but his spirits are good, according to Bev.
He is looking forward to coming back to work, but isn’t expecting to be back until the early part of February, according to Bev.
Levens appreciates all the support and phone calls he’s received, as well as everyone’s prayers, she added.
Levens would like to encourage those support the Deb Ryan benefit and the Madison Kautz fundraiser.
“I appreciate everyone’s concern,” he said, but asks that the focus not be on him.