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Former de Blasio aide Karen Hinton’s severe head injury caused by treadmill mishap

“My thoughts and prayers are with Karen Hinton (pictured) and her family,” de Blasio tweeted Monday morning.

ALBANY — Mayor de Blasio’s former press secretary Karen Hinton was exercising on a treadmill Saturday when she fell and suffered a serious head injury, sources told The Daily News Monday.

Hinton hit her head in a vulnerable area and suffered severe trauma, the sources said.

She has been placed in a medically induced coma, but is expected to recover.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Karen Hinton and her family,” de Blasio tweeted Monday morning.

The Daily News first reported that Hinton, 58, had been injured over the weekend and was in a medically induced coma.

Hinton’s husband, Howard Glaser, a former top aide to Gov. Cuomo, declined to comment Monday.

In a Facebook post Sunday night, Hinton’s niece Haden Hinton wrote that Hinton had an accident and was in a medically induced coma. The post was subsequently taken down.

“All Prayer Warriors, please believe with me and my family for my amazing Aunts healing,” she wrote. “Yesterday she had an accident which caused severe trauma to her head. She has been through surgery and is stable but is still in an induced coma to help her heal.”

Hinton joined de Blasio’s administration in June 2015 and left less than a year later to head the New York City office for Fenton Communications, saying she looked forward to representing a wide range of progressive causes.

Fenton Communications in a statement Monday morning said “We’re praying for Karen to make a speedy recovery.”

Hinton once served as acting assistant secretary for public affairs under Gov. Cuomo, when he was President Bill Clinton’s federal housing secretary. It was there that she met de Blasio.

After leaving HUD, Hinton became president of Hinton Communications.

Hinton’s relationship with Cuomo soured after she joined the de Blasio administration.

Hinton’s tenure with de Blasio was also rocky.

At one point, a de Blasio aide publicly rebuked her by saying her views did not reflect those of the administration after she criticized Cuomo during the Legionnaire’s Disease outbreak in the city.

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