Feuer injuries more serious than his campaign first said

mike-feuer-mug-close.jpgCampaign strategist John Shallman released new details of Monday's car crash involving city attorney candidate Mike Feuer. The jaws of life were needed to free Feuer from his damaged Toyota Prius, and he is in intensive care in stable condition, Shallman now says. Yesterday's statement was based on what was known then, he says.

The campaign's full statement this afternoon, quoting Shallman:

Yesterday, while Mr. Feuer was driving his Toyota Prius to Jackie Lacey's swearing-in ceremony at the Galen Center, he was involved in a car accident with a driver in a Chevy Tahoe who ran a red light. Mr. Feuer was traveling alone when his car was struck on the driver’s side. The impact was so severe that emergency personnel needed the Jaws of Life to pull him out. Mr. Feuer was immediately transported to a hospital and admitted by a trauma team. Once he arrived at the hospital, doctors assessed his condition and determined that he had multiple rib fractures with pulmonary contusion and a spleen laceration. He is currently in stable condition and is recovering in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. His condition is not life threatening and he is expected to make a full and prompt recovery. While his physicians have not yet determined a specific release date, Mr. Feuer anticipates being released soon. Mike's wife Gail is with him and they both wish to express their deepest appreciation and sincere thanks to the first responders and physicians and nurses who have cared for him. Thanks also to his family, friends, constituents and supporters for their concern, prayers and well wishes. He's looking forward to getting back to work soon.

In Monday's statement, Shallman gave fewer details of the crash and said Feuer would be out of the hospital "in a few days."

At 2:35 this afternoon, Feuer's Twitter account posted this: "As I recover, thx to @911LAPD, @LAFD and my drs and nurses for great care, + good wishes of my fam, frnds + supporters."

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