House Candidate Recovering After 2 More Surgeries

'She's a fighter'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2018 4:30 AM CDT
House Candidate Recovering After 2 More Surgeries
In this June 12, 2018, photo, South Carolina Rep. Katie Arrington campaigns after voting for herself in the primary election at Bethany United Methodist Church in Summerville, SC.   (Kathryn Ziesig/The Post and Courier via AP, File)

(Newser) – South Carolina State Rep. Katie Arrington is in critical but stable condition after two major surgeries following a car crash Friday night, authorities say—and the Republican's associates say it would take a lot more than that to halt her bid for US Congress. Her campaign says she isn't expected to have any lasting complications from the crash, Politico reports. It says the surgeries she underwent Sunday included a spinal procedure that went "very well and with no complications." She is expected to be in the hospital for another two weeks. "She's a fighter," campaign spokesman Michael Mule tells the Post and Courier. "This will just be one more thing she will beat and power through."

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says Arrington and friend Jacqueline Goff were in a car that was hit by a vehicle going the wrong way on US Highway 17. Arrington suffered injuries including broken ribs and a fracture in her back. Goff was hospitalized in critical condition, and the driver of the other vehicle, 69-year-old Helen White, was killed in the crash. President Trump tweeted that his thoughts and prayers were with Arrington, who defeated incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford in the GOP primary earlier this month. Joe Cunningham, Arrington's Democratic rival, said after the crash that he would pause campaigning until further notice. (Read more car accident stories.)

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