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UPDATE: Barrett starts rehabilitation after hand surgery


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- A spokesperson for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says Barrett's surgery was a success.

Barrett got out of hand surgery around noon Tuesday. The spokesperson said Barrett is in pain. He is expected to start rehabilitation Tuesday afternoon.

Barrett was beat with a medal rod last summer outside of the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis.


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will undergo surgery on his hand on Tuesday. 

Barrett says he hopes Tuesday's surgery will be his last and understands he will probably never fully regain use of his right hand.

The mayor was attacked in a parking lot last year.

The suspected attacker Anthony J. Peters, 21, pleaded guilty to beating Barrett with a metal rod.

Peters will be sentenced next week.


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) – This week Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will undergo his third hand surgery since he was attacked last summer.

The mayor's office says this surgery will be an outpatient procedure and Barrett should be released shortly after.

The goal is to allow for more movement in his fingers which he says has been severely limited.

"There's no expectation that I'll get a full recovery. So I won't be able to make a fist, but I've decided to retire from boxing anyway so that's okay."

The mayor was attacked last August when he stepped in to help a woman and her 1-year-old granddaughter in West Allis.

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