The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday announced that Chief Justice Jorge Labarga had a successful surgery for kidney cancer Monday at Shands Hospital in Gainesville and doctors "predict a quick recovery."
Labarga, 62, the state's first Hispanic chief justice, was diagnosed with the early stages kidney cancer through routine blood tests earlier this year and advised him to have the kidney removed at the University of Florida’s medical school teaching hospital, Shands, the court said.
Labarga was "resting comfortably amid a room full of Florida ‘Gator gifts and balloons from well-wishers'' and "has resumed some of his duties as Chief Justice using remote equipment from his hospital room,'' the court reported.
"Doctors found no signs that the cancer had spread and predict a full and quick recovery for Florida’s 56th Chief Justice and its first of Hispanic descent,'' the statement said.
Doctors had discovered the cancer in its early stages through routine blood tests earlier this year. They advised him to have the kidney removed at the University of Florida’s medical school teaching hospital, Shands.
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