Gov. Pence Cancels Schedule; First Lady Has Emergency Surgery

Published 01/24 2013 10:46AM

Updated 01/24 2013 03:36PM


The following statement was issued this afternoon by Gov. Mike Pence's office

First Lady Karen Pence is out of surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. The First Lady will be recuperating at home over the weekend and is looking forward to resuming her scheduled activities sometime in the next week.
Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement:

"Karen and I are both grateful for the prayers and concern expressed by so many Hoosiers over the past 24 hours and for the professionalism of the medical personnel who diagnosed and performed her surgery. We are all fortunate to have such dedicated health care professionals serving the people of Indiana."

Mrs. Pence began to experience abdominal pain yesterday. Doctors at the St. Vincent Medical Center Northeast emergency room determined that she needed to undergo surgery today to remove her gall bladder. This morning, she had outpatient surgery at the Naab Road Surgery Center on the north side of Indianapolis.


First Lady Karen Pence is undergoing emergency gall bladder surgery today.

The surgery prompted Gov. Mike Pence to cancel a planned trip to southern Indiana to stay with his wife.

Pence spokeswoman Kara Brooks didn't immediately have details about Pence's surgery but expected to provide an update later today.

The governor had been scheduled to attend events today in Jeffersonville and Evansville, followed by a speech tonight at a Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce dinner.

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