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GOP Rep diagnosed with rare disorder, has emergency surgery

Democratic candidate for U.S. House Adam Frisch, left, still in the shadows, walks out on stage with incumbent Rep. Lauren Boebert. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post/TNS)
April 03, 2024

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) had emergency surgery on Tuesday after she was admitted to the UCHealth Medical Center with an acute blood clot. Boebert was diagnosed with May-Thurner Syndrome, which is a “rare vascular disorder” that affects a vein located in the pelvis.

According to a statement from the 37-year-old congresswoman’s campaign, Boebert was admitted to the UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies, which is located in Loveland, Colorado, on Monday after “experiencing severe swelling in her upper left leg.” The Colorado Republican’s campaign explained that doctors discovered an acute blood clot and diagnosed Boebert with May-Thurner Syndrome. defines May-Thurner Syndrome as “a rare vascular disorder in which an artery compresses a vein in your pelvis.” The rare disorder can lead to symptoms in a person’s legs and feet and can cause blood clots.

“An exact cause is unknown, but dehydration, travel, and extended periods of sitting have all been identified as potential factors in causing symptoms of May-Thurner Syndrome,” the Boebert campaign stated. “Women between the ages of 20 and 45 who have given birth are also more likely to have May-Thurner Syndrome.”

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The Boebert campaign explained that the emergency surgery was recommended by medical professionals and was “successfully completed” Tuesday morning. The surgery involved the removal of the blood clot and the insertion of a stent, which the Boebert campaign said would “address the Congresswoman’s symptoms.”

The campaign added, “After taking time to rest as recommended by doctors, she is expected to make a full recovery with no significant concerns for her long-term health and no hindrance to her ability to perform her duties as a Congresswoman.”

Boebert’s campaign shared a statement by Dr. Rebecca Bade, confirming that the surgery was successful and that the doctors expected the Colorado lawmaker to “make a full recovery.” Bade noted that patients who elect to have the surgery Boebert had are able to “live and work just as they have in the past after a brief recovery.”

The congresswoman thanked Bade and the other professionals at the UCHealth Medical Center and said she is “looking forward to making a full recovery and getting back to Congress to continue fighting for Colorado.”

The Daily Wire reported that the Colorado representative’s surgery comes as Boebert is locked in the midst of a hotly-contested GOP primary for Colorado’s 4th District. While Boebert currently represents Colorado’s 3rd District, she previously announced that she would be switching districts to run for the district of the recently retired Republican Rep. Ken Buck.