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Governor Greg Abbott Explains His Recent Burns Were Caused By Shower

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Greg Abbott speaking at FreePac, hosted by FreedomWorks, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Governor Gregg Abbott has finally revealed the cause of severe burns he received in July. He told reporters this weekend the burns were caused by scalding hot shower water. The Governor has been paralyzed from the waist down since an accident in the 1980s.

"Because of my paralysis, I couldn’t feel the burns that were taking place," said Abbott. "As a consequence, it was like having my feet in scalding water for several minutes and it resulted in third degree burns to my feet."

The burns occurred while Abbott was vacationing in Jackson, Wyoming.

The injury kept Abbott away from the Republican National Convention. The Governor says doctors at Brooke Army Medical Center performed skin grafting for both of his feet.

"It has healed miraculously," Abbott said.

Abbott was in San Antonio this weekend campaigning for Republican Congressman Will Hurd.