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Chaffetz says he could be out for weeks due to medical emergency and posts a picture to prove it

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Juliegrace Brufke, DCNF

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz could potentially be unable to work for up to a month due to a medical emergency.

Chaffetz took to Instagram Wednesday to announce doctors at the University of Utah recommended immediate surgery on his foot to prevent a serious infection caused by screws from a former injury.

“Almost 12 years ago, I shattered several bones in my foot which required 14 screws and a metal plate to repair,” he said in the caption. “Yes, I wish I could say I was cliff diving in Mexico but the truth is I fell off a ladder while repairing something in my garage.”

With House Republicans gearing up to tackle repealing and replacing Obamacare and dodge a government shutdown, Chaffetz said he regrets he won’t be able to be a part of working on a number of major issues.

“My recovery is expected to take three to four weeks. I’m sorry to miss the important work we are doing in Washington,” he continued. “This is not an opportune time to be away but medical emergencies are never convenient. I appreciate my constituent’s patience and understanding as I take time to recover.”

Chaffetz shocked Washington when he announced he won’t seek reelection in 2018, and hinted he may vacate his congressional seat before the end of his term.

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