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Chaffetz resting after ‘successful’ foot surgery

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is “resting comfortably” at the University of Utah Hospital after undergoing a surgical procedure on his foot on Thursday, a spokesperson said.

“Congressman Chaffetz was admitted to University of Utah Hospital for immediate surgery in order resolve a serious complication from a previous injury,” University of Utah Health spokeswoman Suzanne Winchester said in a statement.

“His physician advised him that it was imperative he receive surgical treatment before further complications arose. The surgery was successful and he is now resting comfortably,” she added.

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In a post on Instagram on Wednesday, Chaffetz said he would have to undergo “immediate surgery” to remove more than a dozen screws and a metal plate placed in his foot during a previous surgery over a decade ago.

“Almost 12 years ago, I shattered several bones in my foot which required 14 screws and a metal plate to repair,” he wrote in the post. “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.”

Chaffetz, the powerful chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced last week that he would not seek reelection in 2018 and has floated leaving Congress before the end of his term.

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