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Essex Conservative candidate in recovery following 'potential serious injury'

Essex riding Conservative party candidate Chris Lewis was discharged from hospital Wednesday, after breaking two ribs and sustaining a puncture wound as a result of a fall at his family farm Tuesday. 

Chris Lewis fell while at his family farm, breaking two ribs and sustaining a puncture wound

Conservative Chris Lewis previously ran for Essex's provincial seat in the 2018 Ontario general election. (Chris Lewis for Essex/Facebook)

Essex riding Conservative party candidate Chris Lewis was discharged from hospital Wednesday, after breaking two ribs and sustaining a puncture wound as a result of a fall at his family farm Tuesday. 

Richard Tapping, president of the Essex Conservative Association and Lewis's campaign manager, said the candidate is in "good spirits" and is ready to return to the campaign trail despite the "potential serious injury."

Lewis was treated at Leamington District Memorial Hospital Tuesday, where he received 22 stitches for the puncture wound. 

The candidate's doctor recommended at least a week of rest, though Tapping said Lewis hopes to return to the campaign trail by Saturday. 

"He's just waiting for some time to pass [and] the pain to go away, and he's ready to go back at the doors again," Tapping said. 

"He's campaigning away and working away at this desk and planning out the next week or so, and he's looking forward to continuing on."

According to a Wednesday media release, Lewis has spoken with Conservative party leader Andrew Scheer to "reiterate his commitment to running in this election."

Essex riding Liberal candidate Audrey Festeryga, incumbent NDP MP Tracey Ramsey and People Party candidate Bill Capes all wished Lewis a speedy recovery. 

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