Congressional candidate Katie Arrington expected to make full recovery

FILE - In this June 12, 2018 file photo, South Carolina Rep. Katie Arrington, who is running for the first district of South Carolina, celebrates after casting her vote at Bethany United Methodist Church in Summerville. Arrington who defeated U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in his re-election bid has been seriously injured in a deadly wreck. Spokesman Michael Mule tells media outlets Arrington has undergone surgery for her injuries and was recovering Saturday, June 23, 2018, in a Charleston-area hospital. (Kathryn Ziesig/The Post And Courier via AP, File)

Katie Arrington is recovering and expected to make a full recovery after undergoing two surgeries over nine hours Sunday, according to a statement from campaign spokesman Michael Mulé.

The first procedure was a follow up for an initial surgery preformed on Arrington's abdomen Friday night after the fatal car accident on U.S. Highway 17. It took three hours to complete.

In the second surgery, Arrington's back was operated on for six hours while doctors addressed a fracture, a spinal cord impingement, and instability. It began at noon and didn't end until 6:00 p.m., but both procedures went very well according to Mulé.

Doctors say Arrington will have no neurological deficits or limitations, and she is expected to be "out of bed and walking" in the next few days, according to the statement.

Arrington may need one more minor operation, but that is still uncertain a this time. She will stay at the hospital for two more weeks while she continues to recover.

Arrington's family is grateful for all of the prayers and support, saying they have been a valuable part of to the recovery process.

The family asks for continued prayers for Helen White, the other driver who died in the head-on collision, and Jackie Goff, a friend of Arrington's who was injured while driving the car they were travelling in.

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