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Chaffetz 'resting comfortably' after foot surgery

Chaffetz 'resting comfortably' after foot surgery

(Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Jason Chaffetz is "resting comfortably" after having foot surgery in Utah Thursday.

The chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee was admitted to University Hospital for immediate surgery, University of Utah Health spokeswoman Sue Winchester said in a Thursday evening prepared statement released by Chaffetz' office.

"His physician advised him that it was imperative he receive surgical treatment before further complications arose," Winchester said. "The surgery was successful and he is now resting comfortably.”

The congressman is expected to stay in the hospital for the next couple of days, Winchester said.

In an Instagram post Wednesday evening, Chaffetz said he would be away from Washington for three to four weeks in order to have surgery and recover. Doctors told him they needed to remove 14 screws and a metal plate, Chaffetz said in the post, or he would risk infection.

Chaffetz said the injury is about 12 years old and happened when he was repairing something in the garage and fell from a ladder.

The announcement of surgery came a week after Chaffetz said he would not seek re-election in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he has represented Utah's 3rd Congressional District since 2009.

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