CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Katie Arrington began physical therapy Tuesday night as part of her recovery from a serious car accident Friday night.
The Republican 1st District congressional nominee was seriously injured in an accident at approximately 9 p.m. near Adams Run.
Arrington's campaign spokesman, Michael Mulé, said she underwent a minor and successful surgery Wednesday to address an ankle fracture a CT scan revealed on Monday.
"Katie also had a physical therapy session today and is eager for tomorrow's session and the daily sessions thereafter," Mulé said. "She and her family are extremely grateful for the continued prayers, support and encouragement being offered. We will continue to share updates on Katie as progress continues to be made."
In the crash, Arrington and her friend, Jacqueline Goff, were headed south along Highway 17 when their vehicle was struck by a vehicle driving in the wrong direction in the same lane, Charleston County Sheriff's Capt. Roger Antonio said. The wrong-way vehicle was driven by 69-year-old Helen White of Ravenel. White died in the crash, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Bobby Jo O'Neal said.
During a news conference at MUSC on Monday, doctors revealed Arrington underwent surgery over the weekend after suffering "major abdominal trauma" in the crash.
Dr. Edward Erickson, who was the on-call emergency room doctor Friday night, said his team only sees injuries like these five to seven times per year.
Both Arrington and Goff underwent additional spine surgeries on Sunday, but Goff's injuries are expected to take longer to heal. Erickson said she will require multiple more trips to the operating room to address a massive soft tissue injury. Goff also has a broken nose, a broken rib, a colon injury, arterial injuries, a broken neck, as well as a broken foot and ankle.
Arrington was taken off a ventilator Monday morning.
"I expect she's going to do very well from this," Dr. Avery Buchholz said. "She's doing very well today and we expect her to make a full recovery from that standpoint. There are other injuries which make this a little more complicated but from a spine standpoint,t she's going to be just fine."
Arrington defeated First Congressional District Rep. Mark Sanford in the GOP primary election earlier this month, ending his re-election bid.
She will face Democrat Joe Cunningham in the November election. On Saturday, Cunningham said he was suspending campaign activities until further notice.