When he received word of the Dallas shooting last Thursday evening, Texas Governor Greg Abbott had just been released from the hospital due to an injury of his own, but he kept that out of the news and ignored his own pain, in order to stand by the Dallas police force.
Last week, Governor Abbot was vacationing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, reports the Dallas Morning News. Both his legs were severely burned below his knees to his feet, in an accident with scalding hot water Thursday. He was just being driven back from the hospital when he received word of the shooting in Dallas.
His spokesman, Matt Hirsch, said the first thing Abbot said was, “I’ve got to come back.”
And the first thing he did was order his staff back in Austin to turn the lights to blue at the Governor’s mansion, in honor of the fallen officers.
Abbot returned to Dallas by Friday in time to attend a 5 p.m. news conference with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, and the whole time he was speaking and giving interviews, no one ever knew the governor was in silent agony due to the burns on his own legs.
In 1984, while he was still in law school, a tree fell on him in a freak accident while he out jogging, and left him paralyzed from the waist down, so he has to use a wheelchair. Although paralyzed, he still has nerve function in his legs, and was feeling “shooting sensations of pain in his legs” from his burns, his spokesman said.
He is being treated by specialists at the Brooke Army Medical Center burn unit in San Antonio on Monday, and it is now uncertain whether he will be able to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week.
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