Texas Governor Perry recovering after back surgery

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 06, 2011 11:48 AM

By Karen Brooks

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is considering a run for president, is working from home in Austin after minor surgery on his back, a spokesman for the governor said on Wednesday.

"According to our First Nurse - First Lady Anita Perry - the governor's recovery is going very well," said spokesman Mark Miner.

The statement was only a partial quip - the governor's wife is a former nurse.

Perry, an avid runner, spent two nights in the hospital after the surgery on Friday to "correct a reoccurring back ailment," Miner said. "The procedure included a small nerve decompression and small fusion."

He left the hospital on Sunday and has been working from home "making business recruitment and other phone calls," Miner said.

The surgery had been scheduled "for several months," Miner said. He declined to elaborate on the procedure.

The Texas Republican governor has participated in half-marathons, but his running gained national attention in April 2010 after a report that he had shot and killed a coyote while on a jog.

He has had surgery on both knees over the last decade for running-related issues.

Miner said that Perry is still undecided about whether to enter what would be the most important and competitive race of his career, a campaign for the 2012 Republican nomination for the presidency.

(Reporting by Karen Brooks. Editing by Peter Bohan)