House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has revealed her husband Paul was so badly injured in the hammer attack at their home that surgeons had to ‘remove the skull, reshape it and put it back in place’ .
“He had cracked,” visibly shaken Pelosi, 82, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper of her husband’s skull after he was punched “on top, in two places” by a crazed intruder who was looking for her.
“What they have to do is they have to take the skull out, reshape it and put it back so it doesn’t get scratched or [could] pierce the brain.
“So it’s a pretty serious operation,” she recalled, calling the injury “drastic” and “quite horrific.”
“But the good news was…they told us it didn’t puncture his brain, which could be deadly,” she said.
The Speaker of the House looked dejected when he recalled the intruder telling authorities he was looking for her, not her husband, with the intention of taking her hostage and possibly kneeling her during a raid. ‘questioning.
“For me, that’s really the hardest part – because Paul wasn’t the target, and he’s the one paying the price,” she said of her critically injured husband, who is also 82 years old.
“It’s really sad because it’s a flame that has been fueled by misinformation…which has no place in our democracy,” said Pelosi, who admitted the brutal attack could sway his decision to retire.
However, she raised a rare smile in the chat, as she recalled her husband’s unexpected response when he was discharged from surgery and told by his son that his wife was running to see him.
“The first thing he said was, ‘Oh, your mom is going to be so happy because the Ravens won last night,'” she said with a chuckle of her “dedication” to the team. of the Baltimore NFL.
“So we thought, ‘Well, okay, he’s with it. “”
Pelosi said her husband was well aware he had a “long road” to a full recovery, but was “such a gentleman that he had no complaints”.
She admitted that she has yet to hear the 911 calls or see any video footage of the attack, and that she has not yet discussed what happened with her husband because it was “too traumatic”.
But from what she heard, her husband “was cool. Paul is cool,” she said, proudly saying he “called 911 with enough information, but not too much” to further irritate her “menacing” attacker.
“He saved his life – Paul saved his own life with that call,” she insisted.
The alleged assailant, David DePape, 42, has been charged with attempted murder, attempted kidnapping and assault following the October 28 break-in at the home in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of Pelosis.
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