SALT LAKE CITY -- Attorney General Mark Shurtleff accidently informed the media he is scheduled for knee replacement surgery this week.
Ryan Bruckman, Shurtleff's deputy communications director, emailed Shurtleff's weekly schedule at 11:29 a.m. Tuesday.
At 12:05 p.m., Shurtleff replied, "I'm now scheduled for surgery tomorrow and out the rest of week, but it's OK if we don't say anything about that. Want to just leave it like this?" Then, 30 minutes later, Shurtleff sent out another email that said, "Oops. You all know of my surgery. Paul Murphy suggests that I also have the doctor examine my 'Reply all' thumb."
Murphy said in a phone interview that Shurtleff didn't realize that when he hit the "reply all" button on his phone, it didn't just go to staff, but to everyone on the list, which includes media that receive Shurtleff's weekly schedule.
Shurtleff explains in the second email why he needs a knee replacement.
In December 2000, Shurtleff had an artificial knee put in. That knee survived a motorcycle accident but has undergone "a lot of extreme wear and tear the past 12 years," Shurtleff wrote.
Saturday night, he dislocated the knee "backward and I could not force it back into joint. Yes, it was a 10 on the pain scale," he wrote.
Friends showed up to help him and his wife until emergency medical responders arrived. He was transported to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, and the knee was put back into place and immobilized.
Surgery is scheduled for today to repair ligament damage and to stabilize the knee.
Shurtleff wrote: "I plan on walking on it by the weekend."