State Sen. Mario Gallegos underwent liver transplant surgery late Friday night and is recovering at the Texas Medical Center, according to his family.
Gallegos, a Houston Democrat, had cirrhosis of the liver, which necessitated the transplant.
Gallegos had said earlier that his doctors estimated he will need 18 days of recovery time after his surgery before he can return to work.
The following is a statement from Dr. Joseph Galati, Gallegos' physician, regarding Senator Gallegos' surgery and subsequent condition:
"After Senator Gallegos' liver transplant was completed late Friday evening, he was making the progress we would have anticipated over the weekend, and this morning is resting comfortably in stable condition. As we had expected, the surgery went well, without complications.
"Given that Senator Gallegos was just subjected to a major surgical procedure 48 hours ago, I am pleased with his progress so far.
"Senator Gallegos has not received special treatment, nor did he need any; organs are allocated on rigid criteria based on medical need. He is fortunate that a compatible organ became available.
"Assuming unanticipated complications do not arise, I would project that Senator Gallegos can expect a smooth recovery, and that this procedure will be a very good next step in his recovery."