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First Lady Undergoes Gall Bladder Surgery

Mike Pence speech

Update 3:29 p.m.

First Lady Karen Pence is out of surgery. Doctors say she is expected to make a full recovery.

"Karen and I are both grateful for the prayers and concern expressed by so many Hoosiers over the past 24 hours and for the professionalism of the medical personnel who diagnosed and performed her surgery," Governor Mike Pence said in a statement. "We are all fortunate to have such dedicated health care professionals serving the people of Indiana."

Original Post 12:37 p.m.

First Lady Karen Pence will have emergency gall bladder surgery. Governor Mike Pence cleared his schedule this morning so he could be with his wife, but the governor‘s office has not released any other information about Karen Pence‘s condition.

The governor‘s press secretary, Kara Brooks, says the first lady will have surgery at a St. Vincent Hospital outpatient surgery center on the north side of Indianapolis.

The gall bladder sits just below the rib cage and to the right of the stomach. Its primary function is to store bile produced by the liver, then release it to help in the digestion of fats from food.

While no one has said what may have caused Mrs. Pence‘s gall bladder attack, gallstones affect about 10 percent of Americans according to Johns Hopkins Medical Center. Doctors believe gallstones are caused by an imbalance of the fluids that comprise bile or if the gall bladder does not empty correctly.

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