Husband's injury trumps Palin's campaign

  • 16/03/2016
Sarah Palin (Reuters)
Sarah Palin (Reuters)

Former US vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin says her husband is still in the intensive care unit of an Alaska hospital with multiple injuries, including broken bones and a collapsed lung, two days after a serious snowmobile accident.

Todd Palin, 51, suffered multiple broken ribs, a broken shoulder blade and clavicle, as well as knee and leg injuries.

He was back in surgery to repair several fractures, Ms Palin said in a statement on social media on Tuesday.

"Knowing Todd, once he's cognisant, he'll probably ask docs to duct tape him up and he'll call it good," she said. "He's tough."

The accident on Sunday forced Ms Palin to cut short a campaign trip for Donald Trump, the frontrunner in the race for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.

Ms Palin, who has endorsed Mr Trump, had been scheduled to campaign for him on Monday in The Villages, a central Florida retirement community of more than 100,000 residents which has its own newspaper and radio station.

Florida is one of five states holding nominating contests on Tuesday for the November 8 general election.

Trump campaign officials said Ms Palin, 52, was returning to Alaska to be with her husband and they looked forward to her return to the campaign trail soon.

Ms Palin was Republican Senator John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election won by Democrat Barack Obama.