CHARLESTON – Monday was the late announcement of the latest gallbladder surgery for Gov. Jim Justice, West Virginia’s leader in health affairs.
The governor’s office issued a press release shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Monday, announcing that Justice had undergone surgery to remove his gallbladder Monday afternoon after he was confronted last Thursday.
“Government. This afternoon, Jim Justice reported that he had a normal and successful gallbladder removal operation. “Although he had no previous gallbladder problems, he developed a sudden onset of fever last Thursday evening. After consulting with his physicians, they recommended removal.
Specific questions from the governor’s office about when Justice needed surgery and where the surgery was performed did not get an answer. According to the Mayo Clinic, gallbladder removal, also called a cholecystectomy, is a common surgery where patients are often sent home the same day.
“Gov. Justice is currently in good spirits, in good spirits and anxious to get back to work serving the great people of West Virginia,” the governor’s office said in a press release Monday night.
In the year The 72-year-old justice is completing his seventh year as governor as his second term expires in 2024 and he begins running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate next year. A 2019 profile of Justice by Forbes magazine said Justice is 6-foot-8 and weighs 368 pounds. In the year In a 2018 press conference, Justice himself mocked his own health.
“I haven’t had a recent doctor’s appointment, but the last time I worked, they said I was in pretty good health, except for a little lethargy,” Justice said.
In the year Health issues and concerns have dogged Justice since the Democrat took office in 2017. Justice’s weight and height caused problems with his legs, limiting how long he could walk and stand. Justice is usually taken to the entrance of the Governor’s Office, the Governor’s Residence, the Cultural Center and other properties within the grounds of the State Capitol Complex. Workers often bring a wooden stool for justice to sit on at public events.
During the last seven years when Justice was in power, he suffered many diseases. West Virginia Metro News reported in 2017 that Justice sought treatment at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine for an undiagnosed viral illness.
Shortly before his January 2022 State of the State address, Justice tested positive for severe symptoms of Covid-19 and postponed his address to the legislature. A few months later, Justice felt a sick tick after attending a WV GameChangers event and was treated for symptoms of Lyme disease. And earlier this year, Justice tested positive for Covid-19, but with milder symptoms than the 2022 infection.
Justice’s health issues have fueled rumors among lawmakers and others at the Capitol, including rumors of the governor’s resignation. During his second State of the Union address in January 2018, Justice issued a press release to debunk a series of rumors about his health at the time.