According to a statement released by his office on Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment for a concussion as well as a fractured rib.
The Republican from Kentucky fell while attending a dinner event on Wednesday evening, according to comments made by his communications director the previous week. According to the statement that was released at the time, McConnell had been checked into a hospital and was receiving treatment for a concussion there. It was stated that “a few days of observation and treatment” was what was anticipated for him during his stay at the hospital.
According to a statement released by his communications director on Monday, he fractured a rib in addition to the other injuries, and he will first visit a rehabilitation facility before returning home.
The concussion rehabilitation process for Leader McConnell is going quite well, and the Leader was discharged from the hospital today. David Popp added in the statement that the next stage would be a period of physical therapy at an inpatient rehabilitation facility before he comes home. This will be done on the advise of his physician.
In addition, Popp mentioned that “over the course of therapy this weekend, the Leader’s medical team discovered that he had sustained a slight rib fracture on Wednesday, for which he is also receiving treatment.”
According to a McConnell staffer, the length of the Republican leader’s stay at the rehabilitation facility will depend on how well he does there.
“That decision will be made by the Leader’s physicians and the therapists. It is very common to undergo physical therapy to regain strength after a hospital stay and this ranges anywhere from a week to two weeks.”
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According to a person who is familiar with the situation, the slip and fall took place at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Washington, DC, which was once known as the Trump International Hotel.
McConnell, who is 81 years old, is one of the most famous leaders in the Republican Party and on Capitol Hill. He is also one of the longest serving senators in the United States. He has served as the leader of the Senate majority as well as the leader of the minority, and he has worked tirelessly over the years to accomplish extremely relevant Republican agendas, such as the confirmation of conservative judges to positions on the federal bench.
On Friday, CNN reported that McConnell appeared to be acting normally and was looking forward to being released from the hospital. CNN was told by a source with knowledge of the situation that the man had no obvious wounds as a result of the fall.
Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have shown their support for Senator Mitch McConnell and expressed the hope that he will make a speedy recovery. In 2019, McConnell suffered a broken shoulder after a fall that occurred at his house in Kentucky.
In recent days, Senator McConnell has not been the only member of the Senate who has been absent from the chamber due to health concerns. In recent weeks, Democratic Senators John Fetterman of Pennsylvania and Dianne Feinstein of California have both been admitted to hospitals, with Fetterman seeking treatment for depression and Feinstein for shingles, respectively.
Absences in the chamber, which is now composed of 51 members of the Democratic Caucus and 49 members of the Republican Caucus, have an effect on both sides of the political spectrum. Because the margin of error is so small, the timing of votes on party-line legislation or on confirming President Joe Biden’s candidates for positions in the Executive Branch can be altered by the absence of even a single senator.