Mitch McConnell Released From Hospital

He's now in an inpatient rehab facility
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 13, 2023 5:18 PM CDT
Mitch McConnell Released From Hospital
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters following a closed-door policy meeting, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell was released from the hospital Monday after treatment for a concussion and will continue to recover in an inpatient rehabilitation facility, a spokesman said. McConnell's office said his doctors discovered over the weekend that he had also suffered a "minor rib fracture" after he tripped and fell at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Washington on Wednesday evening, the AP reports. "Leader McConnell’s concussion recovery is proceeding well and the Leader was discharged from the hospital today," McConnell spokesman David Popp said in a statement.

"At the advice of his physician, the next step will be a period of physical therapy at an inpatient rehabilitation facility before he returns home," Popp said. The office did not give any additional detail on his condition or say how long McConnell will be out. Concussions can be serious injuries and take time for recovery, and even a single incident of concussion can limit a person’s abilities as they recover. It is unclear how his extended absence will affect Senate proceedings. The Senate returns to Washington Tuesday evening after the weekend off and is scheduled to be in session for the rest of March.

The Kentucky senator, 81, was at a Wednesday evening dinner after a reception for the Senate Leadership Fund, a campaign committee aligned with him, when he tripped and fell. McConnell's head injury comes almost four years after he tripped and fell at his home in Kentucky, suffering a shoulder fracture that required surgery. The Senate had just started a summer recess, and he worked from home for some weeks as he recovered.

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