Texas Governor Greg Abbott suffered severe burns on his legs while on a vacation in Wyoming. He will be seeing a burn specialist for treatment.
Abbott suffered severe second and third degree burns after being scalded with extremely hot water, spokesman Matt Hirsch said. The incident occurred when the governor was vacationing with his family last week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Although Abbott had planned to curtail his events for the next couple of weeks, he asked his doctors to get him to Dallas following Thursday’s shooting that led to the deaths of five Dallas police officers. “His first words to us were, ‘I’ve got to come back,'” Hirsch said.
As reported by NBC DFW, the governor asked a charter flight to Dallas be arranged for him and that the Governor’s Mansion have blue lights in honor of the officers who were killed in Dallas on Thursday.
“I’m coming home tomorrow,” Abbott said. “I need to be in Dallas, and I need to be with the mayor, and I need to show support for the mayor and the city of Dallas.”
Abbott is expected to make complete recovery, Hirsch said. The governor will need to have his wounds dressed daily. While Abbott appeared at a news conference on Friday with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and several other elected officials, he did not reveal the extent of his injuries.
Abbott was paralyzed from the waist down in 1984 after a tree fell on him; and has been on a wheelchair ever since.
It has not been made clear whether he will be in attendance of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland scheduled to take place this month, My Statesman reports.
Speaking about Thursday’s tragic incident, Abbott said, “I think it is important for Texas to play a leadership role in the unification in the United States. I think that we will come out of this situation stronger and better once we all unite behind our core values and principles, which have great similarity regardless of what your particular background is.”