Texas Gov. Abbott released from hospital after burn treatment

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Friday, July 15, 2016
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right, responds to questions about the police shootings during a news conference at City Hall, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Dallas.
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AUSTIN, TX -- Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been released after four nights in the hospital for treatment of severe burns he suffered while vacationing last week.

Spokesman Matt Hirsch said Abbott left San Antonio's Brooke Army Medical Center on Friday and is returning to the governor's mansion in Austin.

Abbott, a paraplegic who uses a wheelchair, sustained extensive second- and third-degree burns on his lower legs and feet after being scalded July 7 while in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. His office won't say exactly how he was burned.

While recovering, Abbott developed a "minor infection," was hospitalized and had a skin graft Tuesday.

Abbott's injury occurred the same day a sniper killed five Dallas police officers. Abbott rushed to Dallas, but didn't divulge his injury for two more days.