Rhodes recovering, keeping tabs on Beach Ball online

For the first time in 32 years, Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes will not be sitting courtside for the championship game of the Beach Ball Classic.

Rhodes will, however, be watching the game on his laptop from the comfort of his hospital room at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he continues to recover from surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain.

The Beach Ball Classic’s executive director is in stable condition following a whirlwind week. He was taken from the tournament to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center on Thursday and was held overnight due to high blood pressure.

Rhodes was transported to MUSC on Friday for further tests, which showed a blood clot on his brain that could cause to an aneurysm. He underwent successful surgery Saturday and has been moved from the intensive care unit to a recovery room.

There was no immediate word on when Rhodes will be released but he will be unable to return in time for tonight’s tournament finale. However, Rhodes has been monitoring the games via the Beach Ball’s Internet streaming broadcasts.

Photo courtesy of the City of MB

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