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Lauren Boebert Underwent Emergency Surgery To Remove Blood Clot

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Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert underwent emergency surgery for a blood clot in her leg on Tuesday, according to her campaign.

In a statement released on social media, Boebert’s campaign said the lawmaker was admitted to a Colorado hospital on Monday “after experiencing severe swelling in her upper left leg.”

The surgery, which involved the removal of a clot and the insertion of a stent, was successfully completed on Tuesday morning.

“After taking time to rest as recommended by doctors, she is expected to make a full recovery with no significant concerns for her long-term health and no hindrance to her ability to perform her duties as a Congresswoman,” Boebert’s campaign said.

“Yesterday afternoon, Congresswoman Lauren Boebert was admitted to UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland after experiencing severe swelling in her upper left leg. After undergoing a CT Scan, doctors found an acute blood clot and diagnosed her with May-Thurner Syndrome, which is a rare condition that disrupts blood flow,” Boebert’s campaign said in the statement.

“An exact cause is unknown, but dehydration, travel, and extended periods of sitting have all been identified as potential factors in causing symptoms of May-Thurner Syndrome. Women between the ages of 20 and 45 who have given birth are also more likely to have May-Thurner Syndrome,” the statement added.

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“Doctors recommended and scheduled a surgery, which was successfully completed this morning, to remove the clot and insert a stent that will address the Congresswoman’s symptoms. After taking time to rest as recommended by doctors, she is expected to make a full recovery with no significant concerns for her long-term health and no hindrance to her ability to perform her duties as a Congresswoman,” the statement continued.

“I want to thank Dr. Rebecca Bade and the entire team at UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies for their great care and providing helpful insight on my recent diagnosis. I’m looking forward to making a full recovery and getting back to Congress to continue fighting for Colorado,” Boerbert said.

“We successfully performed surgery on the Congresswoman this morning and expect her to make a full recovery. Patients with May-Thurner Syndrome who undergo the procedure to restore blood flow are able to live and work just as they have in the past after a brief recovery,” said Dr. Bade, a hospitalist at the hospital.

 

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Boebert recently declared that she would be running in the much more conservative-friendly 4th district in the 2024 election instead of the 3rd district, which she has represented for the past few years.

She prevailed in a very tight contest against Democratic opponent Adam Frisch in 2022.

However, Boebert’s gambit to change congressional districts might not work out that well for her, according to a new straw poll.

Boebert, who is currently serving her second term, came in fifth place in a candidate poll for Colorado’s 4th Congressional District seat, currently held by retiring Rep. Ken Buck (R).

Many people believed that her decision to enter the crowded primary race in the predominately conservative district was an attempt to avoid the risk of losing in the more competitive 3rd District, where she had only won by a margin of 546 votes in 2022.

Boebert announced her decision to switch districts in December, calling it a “fresh start” after her divorce.

“It’s the right move for me, and it’s the right decision for those who support our conservative movement. This is the right move for Colorado for us,” said Boebert. “2024 is going to be tough, we cannot lose the third, and Colorado’s fourth district is hungry for an unapologetic defender of freedom with a proven track record of standing strong for conservative principles. We have to protect our majority in the House, win the Senate, and win the presidency.”

Boebert accused “Hollywood elites and progressive money groups” of trying to “buy” her current district after Frisch brought in a large amount of campaign money this year.

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