Gov. Abbott’s skin grafts successful, will remain in hospital

Gov. Abbott speaks to President Obama on July 9 while receiving treatment for burns in Austin (Office of the Governor Photo)
Gov. Abbott speaks to President Obama on July 9 while receiving treatment for burns in Austin (Office of the Governor Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Gov. Greg Abbott underwent a successful skin graft procedure at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Tuesday.

The governor’s office says the procedure was to repair injuries to his feet after receiving second and third degree burns from scalding water during a family vacation in Wyoming last week.

On the recommendation of doctors, the governor will stay at the medical center to ensure a prompt recovery.

Abbott will not be able to attend the GOP Convention in Cleveland, which starts July 18. His staff says they will continue to provide updates on the governor’s well-being.

Monday, Abbott was admitted to the hospital after developing a minor infection. As a result of the infection, he was unable to attend the Dallas Memorial for the five fallen police officers, Tuesday afternoon.

According to the governor’s communications director, Abbott’s return travel to Dallas to speak at a Friday press conference with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings may have worsened his condition. The governor said if he had to do it all over again, he would have made the same decision.

The governor and first lady say they appreciate the thoughts, prayers and well-wishes they have continued to receive from the public.

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