“Just pray for me” — Port Arthur mayor hospitalized with blood clots

Published 12:36 am Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Port Arthur Mayor Thurman Bartie is receiving treatment at a Houston hospital for pulmonary embolisms, or blood clots in the lungs, following a recent surgery.

Bartie, who had been absent from City Council meetings the past two weeks, said the blood clots are not related to his case of COVID-19, which he developed in December.

The mayor received his second vaccination in May, but has referred to himself as a “long hauler” that still suffers some complications due to the virus.

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“Just pray for me,” Bartie said Monday when asked by Port Arthur Newsmedia if he had a message for the residents of Port Arthur. “They’re treating me.”