Chaffetz to take extended leave for urgent surgical procedure

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House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he will take a medical leave from Congress for up to a month to undergo emergency foot surgery.

Chaffetz posted a picture of an X-ray on Instagram and wrote that doctors at the University of Utah are recommending “immediate surgery” on his foot to prevent a serious infection caused by 14 screws from an injury that he sustained nearly 12 years ago.

The Utah Republican estimates his recovery will take three to four weeks.

“Almost 12 years ago, I shattered several bones in my foot which required 14 screws and a metal plate to repair. Yes, I wish I could say I was cliff diving in Mexico but the truth is I fell off a ladder while repairing something in my garage. The University of Utah doctors now recommend immediate surgery to remove all the hardware or I could be at risk for serious infection. My recovery is expected to take three to four weeks. I’m sorry to miss the important work we are doing in Washington. This is not an opportune time to be away but medical emergencies are never convenient. I appreciate my constituent’s patience and understanding as I take time to recover.”

Almost 12 years ago, I shattered several bones in my foot which required 14 screws and a metal plate to repair. Yes, I wish I could say I was cliff diving in Mexico but the truth is I fell off a ladder while repairing something in my garage. The University of Utah doctors now recommend immediate surgery to remove all the hardware or I could be at risk for serious infection. My recovery is expected to take three to four weeks. I’m sorry to miss the important work we are doing in Washington. This is not an opportune time to be away but medical emergencies are never convenient. I appreciate my constituent’s patience and understanding as I take time to recover.

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Chaffetz’s impending absence comes at a pertinent time for House Republicans and the Trump administration as votes hang in the balance for a bill on spending to prevent another government shutdown.

The news of his medical procedure comes after he recently declared he will not be seeking reelection in 2018 and eluded to possibly vacating his Congressional post before his term officially ends.

H/T: Daily Caller

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