Editor’s note: This story has been updated to add Congressman Vicente Gonzalez’s quote.
MCALLEN, Texas — Congressman Vicente Gonzalez is recovering after falling at his residence in McAllen.
Gonzalez’ press secretary issued the following statement on the incident:
On Thursday, April 30, while working around the house, Congressman Gonzalez sustained a fall from approximately 12 feet at his home in McAllen, Texas. He was transported by emergency medical personnel to the nearest local hospital where he received medical care.
The Congressman sustained fractures to his lower back. Doctors have ordered home recovery and bed rest for 4-6 weeks. Congressman Gonzalez will continue working from home. He will make a statement in the near future on what transpired.
“Last Thursday evening, I suffered a fall while working around my home. Thankfully, I received the immediate medical attention I needed.
I would like to thank Hidalgo County EMS personnel, Dr. Javier Cortinas, and all the amazing medical emergency room doctors and hospital personnel who provided me with world class health care. I am also grateful to my nurses, Rachel, Abby and Jorge who took such good care of me until my discharge.
I’m currently working from home, following the advice of my doctors who expect a full recovery. I will continue my focus and work on the needs of the 15th Congressional District of Texas and will be back to my office as soon as I am physically able. I appreciate everyone’s prayers and well wishes.”