Indiana first lady recovering after emergency gall bladder surgery

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Indiana first lady Karen Pence was taken to the hospital to undergo emergency gall bladder surgery, said officials with the governor’s office.

The governor’s office reported Karen Pence had abdominal pain Wednesday, which prompted surgery the following day at St. Vincent Hospital’s outpatient surgical facility.

Officials said she is expected to make a full recovery and will be resting at home over the weekend.

More than half a million people in America have their gallbladders removed every year. Those who experience gallbladder attacks will often feel nauseous and have severe upper abdominal pain.  The attacks usually occur at night and can last from 15 minutes to 15 hours.

Gov. Pence issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:

“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.”

Read more on the symptoms of a gallbladder attack, here.



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