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Governor Gibbons in Stable Condition Following Pelvis Surgery

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RENO, Nev.-- Governor Jim Gibbons is in stable condition after undergoing pelvis surgery at a Reno hospital. The governor broke his pelvis in several places after he was thrown from a horse Tuesday afternoon.

He was trying to help break a young horse, when it threw him. "It got spooked. (He) landed on some hard ground," said Gibbons' spokesperson Daniel Burns. "Anybody who has ever had a hard fall or anybody that's ever fallen off a horse knows the kind of pain that's involved. That's the kind of pain the governor is feeling right now."

Gibbons' surgery lasted approximately two hours. The doctor who performed the surgery says the governor's prognosis is excellent, and he expects Gibbons to make a full recovery.

Burns says the governor's fall will not discourage him from riding again. "His injuries are non-life-threatening and non-life-altering. I talked with the governor, and he said he's looking forward to riding (a) horse again, including the one that threw him yesterday," Burns said.

Dr. Michael Rosselli, an emergency medical physician at Sunrise Hospital who is not treating the governor, says most pelvic fractures involving surgery require a significant amount of recovery time. "Absolutely," he said. "You're looking at a few months before he's feeling well again. Post-operatively, those first few weeks are the most difficult. But once you start rehab, that's when the real journey to recovery begins."

While the governor is under the effects of anesthesia or heavy medication, he is considered incapacitated. With Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki out of the country, State Sen. Mike Schneider will serve as acting governor. He's served in that role before.

"I have to keep my cell phone on and stay close to Sawyer State Building in case of an emergency," he said. "Aside from that, I have to be able to fly to Carson City in a hurry if necessary. So, I have the flight schedule right here in my pocket."

Burns says he anticipates the governor will resume his duties soon after the surgery, although he doesn't expect Gibbons to make any speeches in the near future. The governor is expected to remain hospitalized until at least the end of the week.

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