Mitch McConnell released from hospital after being hospitalized for serious fall
Wednesday evening, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tripped and fell at a Washington, D.C. hotel. The fall caused a concussion and a rib fracture that he is expected to recover from
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was released from the hospital Monday after being hospitalized on Mar. 8 following a trip and fall at a Washington, D.C., hotel. McConnell suffered a concussion from the fall that happened at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.
McConnell’s spokesman, David Popp, said his “concussion recovery is proceeding well,” and added that “the next step will be a period of physical therapy at an inpatient rehabilitation facility before he returns home,” The New York Times reported.
The lawmaker also “suffered a rib fracture” during the incident and will be receiving care for that injury as well, according to CNN.
Before the fall, he was at the Capitol helping the “Senate vote to overturn a new District of Columbia criminal code that reduces mandatory minimum sentences for some violent offenses,” per The Times.
Does Mitch McConnell have any ongoing health problems?
The Louisville, Kentucky, senator is 81 years old, and in 2019, he had surgery for a shoulder fracture after a fall, per the Times.
As a child, McConnell survived polio, and has also had a history of heart problems, undergoing triple bypass surgery in 2003, according to The Washington Post.
He opened up about his experiences with polio in 2018 and praised the work being done to eradicate the disease.
“I think it’s under-appreciated outside the public health community just how much hard work and innovation has to continue after a disease has dropped off the front pages,” McConnell said, per NPR.
What has Mitch McConnell been up to?
McConnell has had a busy few months — arguing for continued funding against many in his own Republican party to help support Ukraine against Russian invasion and attacks, as well as appearing in Helsinki to show support for NATO to accept Finland, per The Washington Post.
He is currently serving his seventh term in the Senate — making him “the Senate’s longest-serving GOP leader,” according to CNN.
No details have been released about his condition or when he could possibly return to work.
Sending best wishes to my friend @LeaderMcConnell, who I hope to see back in the Senate soon. Ann and I are praying for a full and speedy recovery.— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) March 9, 2023
Republican Utah Senator Mitt Romney tweeted, “Sending best wishes to my friend @LeaderMcConnell, who I hope to see back in the Senate soon. Ann and I are praying for a full and speedy recovery.”
Sandy and I are praying for Leader McConnell’s speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back in the Capitol soon— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) March 9, 2023
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, tweeted, “Sandy and I are praying for Leader McConnell’s speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back in the Capitol soon.”
This story has been updated with new developments.