By: Sarka-Jonae Miller
The husband of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin suffered a serious snowmobile accident on March 17 that required a trip to the ER and intensive care. Todd Palin is reportedly on the mend at the same hospital where his children were born, according to a Facebook post from Sarah Palin.
From the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer, Alaska, the former governor also posted, “A long surgery repaired numerous breaks in Todd’s upper body, docs essentially lifted and secured every rib with steel bands, anchored the broken clavicle with plates and rods, set aside repair of a broken shoulder for later (also later are more minor things like ACL/MCL knee injuries), still mechanically inflating one collapsed lung while other bruised lung, liver, etc., are watched; chest drain is working overtime to keep things clear.”
Despite the severity of her husband’s injuries, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee appeared in good spirits, thanking those who prayed for Todd and quoting an Irish proverb, “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.”
Todd Palin’s injuries reportedly caused his wife to miss a Donald Trump campaign event, according to CNN.
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