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Orange County Executive Edward Diana was admitted for liver transplant surgery on Saturday. YNN's Jessica Chen has more on the story.
ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. -- It was around this time last year Orange County Executive Ed Diana announced he was suffering from a disease called non-alcoholic fatty liver. His condition, he said at the time, would require him to wait for and eventually undergo a liver transplant. And on Saturday, the time came.
Orange County Minority Leader Jeffrey Berkman said Diana was on a liver transplant waiting list for many months.
"This was an important medical procedure that he was in need of," said Berkman.
The County Executive's Office said Deputy County Executive Steven Gross will take over Diana's responsibilities as he recovers; something that has been in the works for a year.
In a statement released from the County Executive's Office, Diana said, "Thanks to technology, I will maintain regular communication with my office and County Departments as soon as my doctors give me the go ahead."
The transplant comes at a time when the county is finalizing its budget for next year.
But Berkman said he's confident, even with Diana's absence, the county will meet its budget deadline.
"I expect us to be in a more corporative state of mind right now during this important transition," said Berkman.
After the surgery, officials said Diana will spend several days at the New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center and then six to eight weeks at home recuperating. He is expected to make a full recovery.