July 16, 2014 4:19 pm
Updated: July 16, 2014 5:58 pm

Alberta politician breaks leg wakeboarding

Doug Griffiths speaks to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland

EDMONTON – An Alberta cabinet minister is on the mend after breaking his leg wakeboarding in British Columbia.

Doug Griffiths, the minister of Service Alberta, sent out a tweet saying he has double spiral fractures of his left femur.

In spiral fractures, the bone becomes twisted until it cracks under the strain.

Doctors have put a rod in Griffiths’ leg from the hip to the knee to allow the leg to heal properly.

He will be off the leg for three months, but says he will soon be starting physiotherapy.

The 41-year-old represents the riding of Battle River-Wainwright.

“It was a break caused from the pressure of my legs and the board pushing against the water,” Griffiths said in a statement Wednesday.

“So, doctors say I essentially broke my own leg.”

He also thanked everyone for their messages and prayers.

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