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South Carolina Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington on Friday thanked God for sparing her life and promised to continue her campaign in her first public remarks since being seriously injured in a car crash nearly two weeks ago.

Arrington, who was injured just weeks after her surprise primary victory over Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), addressed the public at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she’s been treated since the June 23 crash.

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Appearing in a wheelchair while flanked by doctors, her husband and a member of her staff, Arrington heaped praise on the hospital staff and her support system for helping her as she suffered from multiple fractures and underwent surgical procedures to remove parts of her colon and small intestine as well as stabilize an artery.

And while Arrington still has a long road to recovery and said she remains in pain –– she’s expected to make a full recovery –– the congressional candidate told the assembled reporters and supporters that she plans to keep campaigning.

“I’m going to take doctor’s orders very seriously, I don’t want these injuries to prevent me from living a full, energetic lifestyle, so I’m going to take the time,” she said.

“But this campaign has never stopped for me. this is hard work, perseverance to get to Washington to represent this community, this district and this nation and it hasn’t stopped.”

Arrington was the passenger in a car being driven by her friend, Jacqueline Goff, as they were headed to an award ceremony where Arrington was being honored. Her car was struck by another vehicle traveling the wrong direction on the highway, Arrington’s campaign said.

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