Jesse Jackson undergoes gallbladder surgery
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The Rev. Jesse Jackson is recovering from gallbladder surgery at a physical therapy center, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition said Sunday.

A statement obtained by The Associated Press said Jackson was admitted to the hospital in late January after experiencing "abdominal discomfort," and is now recuperating at a physical therapy center where he also undergoes regular treatment for Parkinson's Disease.

“Rev. Jackson is continuing his civil rights and organizational work and is in high spirits,” said the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “He’s expected to be home with his family shortly.”


Jackson, 79, was an advisor to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  Why does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Congress can protect sacred Oak Flat in Arizona from mining project MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign last year and joined other civil rights leaders later in 2020 in calling for demonstrations until charges were filed against the police officers involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Kenosha, Wis. man who was shot by police while attempting to enter his vehicle where his three young children were inside.

Jackson was a close ally of Martin Luther King, Jr., and also ran for president twice in the 1980s.