Texas governor severely burned in accident, may miss GOP convention

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Texas Governor Severely Burned in Accident, May Miss GOP Convention

Texas governor Greg Abbott's attendance at next week's Republican National Convention is up in the air due to severe burns to both of his lower legs and feet.

Abbott was on vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with family when an incident involving hot water resulted in "extensive second to third degree burns."

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The governor was being treated at a nearby medical center when he first received word of the deadly shooting in Dallas this past Thursday.

Abbott's immediate response upon hearing the tragic news was, "I've got to come back."

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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Texas Attorney General and Republican Governor-elect Greg Abbott acknowledges the crowd after his victory speech in Austin, Texas. The first new Texas governor in 14 years is something of a city slicker: an articulate lawyer from Houston, who talks without a twang and campaigned with careful political discipline. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott delivers his victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Abbott defeated Democrat Wendy Davis to win the race for Texas governor. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Supporters cheer as balloons fall after Texas Attorney General and Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott's victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Abbott defeated Democrat Wendy Davis to win the race for Texas governor. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Texas Attorney General and Republican Governor-elect Greg Abbott hugs his daughter, Audrey, as his wife Cecilia, left, joins them on stage for his victory speech in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Abbott defeated Democrat Wendy Davis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Texas Attorney General and Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott waves to crowd after his victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Abbott defeated Democrat Wendy Davis to win the race for Texas governor. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Texas Attorney General and Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott waves to the crows before his victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Abbott defeated Democrat Wendy Davis to win the race for Texas governor. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014, file photo, Texas Attorney General and Republican Governor-elect Greg Abbott points to the crowd before giving his victory speech in Austin, Texas. The first new Texas governor in 14 years is something of a city slicker: an articulate lawyer from Houston who talks without a twang and campaigned with careful political discipline. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 4: Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott celebrates during his victory party on November 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Abbott defeated Democratic challenger Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 4: Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott celebrates with his wife Cecilia (L) and daughter Aubrey (R) during his victory party on November 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Abbott defeated Democratic challenger Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014 file photo is Texas Republican Greg Abbott, left, who elected the first new governor of Texas in 14 years on Tuesday, Nov. 4 defeating Democrat Wendy Davis. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
Texas Attorney General and Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott speaks during a campaign stop Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Texas Attorney General and Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott, right, is greeted by supporters during a campaign stop Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, right, poses with supporters at a campaign event Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
FILE- In this Oct. 14, 2014, file photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks to a group of supporters in Houston. Abbott will begin the final stretch Monday, Oct. 20, in East Texas, riding a comfortable lead in public polls and a 5-to-1 advantage in campaign cash over Democrat Wendy Davis.. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks to a group of supporters Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Houston. A TV ad from Democrat gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis that focuses GOP opponent Greg Abbott’s use of a wheelchair is an act of desperation and distracts from issues that matter to Texas voters, Abbott said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Republican gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott waves to a group of supporters Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
FILE- In this Sept. 30, 2014, file pool photo, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, right, Democratic candidate, and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, left, Republican candidate, participate in the final gubernatorial debate in a KERA-TV studio in Dallas. Abbott will begin the final stretch Monday, Oct. 20, in East Texas, riding a comfortable lead in public polls and a 5-to-1 advantage in campaign cash over Davis. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Andy Jacobsohn, Pool, File)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Republican candidate, answers a question during the final gubernatorial debate with Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, Democratic candidate, in a KERA-TV studio in Dallas on Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. Ebola, ethics and education were among the issues that dominated the final debate between the two. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Andy Jacobsohn, Pool)
Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, right, Democratic Gubernatorial candidate, and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, left, Republican Gubernatorial candidate, shake hands before the final gubernatorial debate in a KERA-TV studio in Dallas on Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. Ebola, ethics and education are among the issues that dominated the final debate between the two. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Andy Jacobsohn, Pool)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks during the Rio Grande Valley Gubernatorial Debate between him and Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis in Edinburg, Texas on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. The debate was the first of two scheduled before the November election. (AP Photo/The McAllen Monitor, Joel Martinez, Pool)
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His top aide said, "For him, it was important not to distract from what was happening in Dallas."

Fortunately, surgery is not required immediately. However, Abbott will have to see a specialist and be required to get his legs wrapped every day. This treatment will likely span over the next several weeks.

The Texas governor is also chairman of Texas's delegation to the Republican convention in Cleveland, and has said he supports presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

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