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The 67-year-old suffered multiple heart attacks and previous surgical bypasses failed. Blood flow to the lower half of his body was cut off. "The risk of him dying at that moment when I examined him, and I told the family, was between 30 and 40 percent, which is flipping the coin," explained Dr. Hazim Safi, a UTHealth vascular surgeon at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center. He was the mayor's surgeon and to save his life, he fixed the blood flow and amputated one leg. The prognosis is good. The mayor can't wait to get back to work helping others. But in the meantime, others are helping him.