Premier Brian Pallister is on his way back to Manitoba after being released from a Silver City, New Mexico hospital.
Pallister was on vacation in New Mexico with his wife Esther. On Monday, November 13, 2017, State Police say they received a call from Pallister’s wife around 7:00 pm saying that he had gone hiking in the Gila Wilderness and was overdue in returning. As search operations were ramping up a New Mexico State Police officer checked the trailheads into the area Pallister was hiking and found the Premier suffering from injuries at the main entrance for the Mogollon Trail. According to a government statement, Pallister had a serious fall while hiking that resulted in several cuts and bruises as well as fractures to his left arm.
The Gila Wilderness area is a remote area of New Mexico established in 1924.
Pallister flew back to Manitoba on Friday and he will be re-evaluated by local doctors to determine if he needs surgery.
On Saturday evening Pallister and his wife answered questions posed to them by a staff member about the accident and posted the interview on Facebook. The edited video (for time) can be seen below.
According to Esther Pallister doctors told the premier that it will take about six weeks for his arm to heal.
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