House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her husband is “doing OK” but is in for a “long haul” recovery after he was attacked during a break-in at the couple’s San Francisco home.
“He knows he has to pace himself. He’s such a gentleman that he’s not complaining,” Pelosi told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in her first sit-down interview since the attack.
Paul Pelosi was attacked with a hammer by a male assailant at the end of last month, authorities have said. The assailant was searching for the speaker of the House, according to court documents.
Paul Pelosi suffered a blow to the head and had to undergo surgery.
The speaker said the operation “was a success, but it’s only one part of the recovery to a drastic head injury.”
“It takes time,” she said, reflecting on the road ahead.
Describing her husband’s head injury, Pelosi said one piece of good news came when doctors “told us it had not pierced his brain, which can be deadly.”
Pelosi said her husband is worried about the emotional toll the attack could take.
“He’s so concerned about the traumatic effect on our children and our grandchildren, and we’re concerned about the traumatic effect on him,” she said.
Asked if she has talked to her husband about what was going through his mind during the attack, Pelosi said, “We haven’t quite had that conversation because any revisiting of it is really traumatizing.”