Kristi Noem Reveals Major Health News: Can’t Stand for More Than 15 Minutes, Very Limited Movement for Months


Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced Monday that she would be on a limited schedule of activities for the next few months after back surgery.

Noem, 50, has been considered among the possible contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. But first, she faces Democrat Jamie Smith in November, according to the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader.

“Several weeks ago, about two months ago, I sustained an injury to my back,” she said on a  video posted to Twitter that was made outdoors on an unknown date.

Although released Monday, Noem referred to the surgery as having taken place the week the video was shot.

“I’ve been working with excellent doctors here in South Dakota over those weeks to try to alleviate the situation,” she said. “ Unfortunately, this week, I ended up having surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.”


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Noem said there was good news and bad news to share.

“The person who performed that surgery was a neurosurgeon who specializes in spine injuries, and it was a complete success,” she said. “I’m very grateful for all of their expertise and help and just arrived back home here in Pierre.”

“But I did want to let you all know that I’m going to be very limited in what I will be able to do for the next several months,” she said.

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Noem said mobility issues mean she will have to curtail most traveling.

“I won’t be able to stand for more than 10-15 minutes at a time, and I won’t be able to get out and about South Dakota like I love to do so much,” she said. “And you know that about me; that I’m very hands-on and will miss being able to do my normal activities,” she said.

“I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate all your support and your prayers. That I’m still working…


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