Nancy Pelosi Says ‘It’s Gonna Take a Little While’ for Husband Paul to Fully Recover from Hammer Attack – In an interview on Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? airing Friday on HBO Max and Sunday on CNN, Nancy Pelosi said her husband Paul is “doing okay,” but that she continues to feel sadness about the attack, particularly as the suspect was initially searching for her. The life threatening attempt on Paul took place in late October when right-wing conspiracy theorist David DePape, 42, allegedly broke into the Pelosis’ San Francisco home looking for the House speaker.
She wasn’t there, but Paul, who is 82, was. DePape allegedly informed authorities that he couldn’t bring himself to give himself up, and as a result, he attacked Paul with a hammer before they could take action. Paul survived successful surgery hours after the assault, and in December he made his first public appearance despite having sustained a skull fracture and severe damage to his hands and arm.
“He’s doing okay, it’s gonna take a little while for him to be back to normal,” Pelosi told host Wallace. “I feel very sad about it because of what happened but also more sad because the person was searching for me. And my dear husband, who is not even that political actually, paid the price.” As Pelosi told Wallace, Paul has been venturing “out a bit because the doctor said he has to have something to look forward to.” “And so again, one day at a time,” she added.
Still, it will take a few months for Paul to “be really himself,” Pelosi said. “Anyone who’s had a head injury knows that you have to be very careful,” Pelosi said. “You have to be careful about movement. You have to be careful about light, you have to be careful about sound and it just takes a while probably another three or four months according to the doctors for him to be really himself.”
In December, Pelosi announced she would step down as the Democratic House leader, making her announcement shortly after the Republican Party regained the majority of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, which has been controlled by Democrats for the past four years. Pelosi said she would, however, continue to serve as a member of the House, “speaking for the people of San Francisco, serving the great state of California and defending our Constitution.”
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