Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) will be “off the grid” for the next several weeks due to a “terrifying prognosis” he received that required immediate medical attention and surgery.
The Texas congressman revealed Saturday that he would be “effectively blind” for the next few weeks after undergoing emergency surgery to repair a detaching retina in his one eye, Politico reported.
Crenshaw, a former U.S. Navy SEAL who often makes light of the eye-patch he wears as a result of losing one of his eyes to an explosive device blast during a tour in Afghanistan in 2012, explained that he had also suffered “extensive damage” to his remaining eye in that explosion as well.
A “terrifying” prognosis
Crenshaw issued a statement on Saturday to inform everyone of his impending absence from Congress for the next few weeks while he recovers from the emergency surgery to repair his detaching retina, which had only been discovered after he visited an ophthalmologist to check the “dark, blurry spots” he was experiencing in his vision, Breitbart reported.
“This is a terrifying prognosis for someone with one eye, and the nature of the injuries that I sustained in Afghanistan,” Crenshaw said. “Anyone who knows the history of my injuries knows that I don’t have a ‘good eye,’ but half a good eye.”
“The blast from 2012 caused a cataract, excessive tissue damage, and extensive damage to my retina,” he continued. “It was always a possibility that the effects of the damage to my retina would resurface, and it appears that is exactly what has happened. The prognosis I received on Thursday is obviously very bad.”
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) April 10, 2021
“I have gotten through worse before”
“The surgery went well” on Friday at the VA Medical Center in Houston, the congressman revealed, “but I will be effectively blind for about a month.”
Crenshaw explained, “During the surgery, they put a gas bubble in my eye, which acts as a bandage for my retina. This means I have to be face-down for the next week or so, unable to see anything.”
As such, aside from the occasional update on his health and recovery, Crenshaw said he will not be conducting any interviews or posting on social media for the foreseeable future. His offices in D.C. and his Texas district will remain open and functioning and ready to assist constituents with any needs they may have.
“I have gotten through worse before, and I will get through this,” Crenshaw said, crediting his wife, Tara, and his support network in Houston for making that possible.
“A few prayers that my vision will get back to normal and that I will make a full recovery wouldn’t hurt, though, and would be much appreciated,” the veteran and congressman concluded. “Thank you in advance for your thoughts, prayers, and support.”