Skip to main content

Jason Lewis undergoes emergency surgery for 'life-threatening' hernia

Lewis is challenging U.S. Sen. Tina Smith in this year's election.

UPDATE 1:30 P.M.

An update from the Lewis campaign states that the former congressman has undergone a successful surgery and is recovering.

"I am very pleased to report that according to Congressman Lewis’ doctor, his emergency surgery this morning to treat an internal hernia was successful and minimally invasive," it said.

"Provided that his recovery continues on a positive trajectory, doctors anticipate that he is likely to be released from the hospital in the next couple of days."

Original story:

Senate candidate Jason Lewis was rushed into emergency surgery Monday for a "life-threatening" hernia. 

Lewis' campaign manager Tom Szymanski said in a statement that Lewis was rushed to the emergency room with "severe abdominal pain." 

Doctors determined he was suffering a "severe internal hernia," which can be life-threatening if not treated quickly. He was then rushed into emergency surgery. 

Prior to be taken into surgery, Lewis was in "good spirits, optimistic, and true to form, he was speculating about when he could resume campaigning, eager to continue fighting for his fellow Minnesotans," Szymanski said.

Lewis' campaigning has already been stymied by the fact he has had to quarantine twice following exposures to people who later tested positive for COVID-19, though his campaign says he has not tested positive himself.

The Republican is running against Sen. Tina Smith for her U.S. Senate seat.

Next Up

Hopkins Basketball

Hopkins suffers rare loss to No. 1 ranked Sidwell Friends

The Royals held their own in a battle of the nation's best.

argue-wertman booking photos

Charges: 2 teens responsible for violent carjacking spree across Twin Cities

They face a combined 31 felony counts, all tied to carjackings and related crimes.

rep nolan west mn house

MN rep. says he was 'assaulted' at activist group's public meeting

The Republican said a man grabbed his arms and yanked him from the room.

Screen Shot 2022-01-20 at 12.56.52 PM

What were the 'bizarre things' seen in Minnesota's sky?

The mysterious streaks were not UFOs and they weren't pieces of an asteroid.

icicles, freezing weather, cold weather

Booming noises in the night could be frost quakes

The loud sounds are most likely to happen during the middle of the night.

coronavirus, coronavirus test, covid-19

Free COVID testing site to open in St. Paul for 3 weeks

The federal testing site comes as demand for testing remains high.

Reyel Simmons photo 1 - complaint - crop

MN TikToker accused of faking federal agent life pleads guilty

He told his 10,000 followers he was a Homeland Security agent — authorities say it was a lie.

Wilf

Report: Vikings request second interview with 2 GM candidates

Ryan Poles of the Chiefs and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah of the Browns.

Amaya Battle

Hopkins takes on No. 1 team in the country on ESPNU Friday

The game will feature a pair of top recruits in the Class of 2022.

st. paul federation of educators - teachers

Educators in Minneapolis, St. Paul could strike amid contract negotiations

Teachers and support staff are demanding smaller class sizes, mental health support and better pay.

turtinen two harbors

MN mayor in hot water for hawking $400M underwater hotel plan

The city council called a special meeting to discuss the mayor's public comments.

Related

Screen Shot 2020-10-05 at 3.13.09 PM

Jason Lewis discharged from the hospital after life-threatening hernia

Lewis will return to his home in Woodbury to recover.

Screen Shot 2020-10-05 at 3.13.09 PM

Jason Lewis quarantines again after exposure to COVID-positive person

The Senate candidate had already quarantined for four days after being near President Trump last week.

Screen Shot 2020-10-05 at 3.13.09 PM

Jason Lewis to return to campaign trail after negative COVID test, 4 days of quarantine

The Senate candidate is one of the GOP politicians who greeted President Trump on his visit to Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2020-10-05 at 3.13.09 PM

Lewis resumes campaigning after ending second COVID-19 quarantine

The U.S. Senate candidate has quarantined for around a week.

Jason Lewis and Tina Smith

AP: Tina Smith beats Jason Lewis in U.S. Senate race

Smith didn't get the same level of votes as Biden, but did enough to beat Lewis.

pete stauber - qunn nystrom CD8

Election 2020 preview: Minnesota's 8th Congressional District

It's a race between incumbent Rep. Pete Stauber and Democratic challenger Quinn Nystrom.

Jason Lewis and Tina Smith

Election 2020 preview: Minnesota's Senate race

Incumbent Tina Smith will take on former Congressman Jason Lewis.

Jason Lewis' 2011 comments about sex harassment victims under scrutiny

The 2nd District congressman made light of harassment allegations.