Karen Pence, wife of Gov. Mike Pence, undergoes emergency gall bladder surgery

Governor's events canceled

INDIANAPOLIS - Karen Pence, the wife of Gov. Mike Pence, underwent emergency gall bladder surgery.

The governor's office confirmed that Karen Pence was at the St. Vincent Surgical Center on Thursday.

The office announced just after 3:00 p.m. that Karen Pence was out of surgery and expected to make a full recovery.

"Thankfully, everything went well with her surgery this morning," said the governor's Press Secretary Kara Brooks. "She is fine. She is recovering at home. So we are really grateful, thrilled that the surgery went well and that she's at home."

Karen Pence's problems began Wednesday when she began experience abdominal pain. Doctors at the St. Vincent Medical Center Northeast emergency room determined she'd need surgery Thursday, and sent her home for the evening.

The governor's schedule was cleared for the day, and he was at the hospital with his wife, his office said.

The governor's office said Karen Pence will be recuperating at home over the weekend.

"She is going to continue to rest for the next few days," Brooks said. "And then once she is feeling well enough, she will get back to her schedule."

Gov. Pence had a standing speaking engagement Thursday evening, and he attended with his wife's blessing.

 "I asked her, 'Well, what do you want me to do about tonight,' and she said, 'Get back to work,'" Pence said.

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