According to a statement from McConnell’s communications director, the Kentucky Republican’s recovery procedure would next involve “a period of physical therapy at an inpatient rehabilitation center.”
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, fell during a dinner event on Wednesday and spent almost five days in the hospital before being released.
McConnell’s communications director David Popp said in a statement on Monday that the next stage will be a period of physical therapy at an inpatient rehabilitation center before he returned home.
Popp claims that during the weekend, McConnell’s medical staff learned that the 81-year-old had sustained a concussion and a small rib fracture in the accident, necessitating his stay in the hospital “for a few days of monitoring and care.” A person with knowledge of the incident said that McConnell fell in the Waldorf Astoria hotel, as reported by CNN.
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According to Popp’s statement, “Leader McConnell’s concussion recovery is doing well, and the leader was discharged from the hospital today. The leader and Secretary [Elaine] Chao are extremely grateful for the excellent medical attention, prayers, and compassion they have received.”
Chao, the secretary of transportation for the United States during the Trump administration, and McConnell have been wed since 1993.
Josh Holmes, the senator’s veteran political advisor, told NBC News on Friday that he had spent “the previous two days” at the hospital with McConnell and that the senator was “ready” to leave and go back to work. McConnell was seen walking about and interacting with employees.
Several lawmakers offered McConnell good wishes following the event, including Texas Senator John Cornyn.
“Sandy and I are praying for Leader McConnell’s rapid recovery and look forward to seeing him back in the Capitol soon,” the fellow Republican wrote in a tweet.
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
Congressman Hal Rogers, a fellow Kentucky lawmaker, also wished him a speedy recovery and wrote: “My wife Cynthia and I are hoping for a speedy recovery for @LeaderMcConnell. We are aware of his toughness and tenacity since he serves as our Senate Republican Leader. I speak on behalf of the Kentucky Delegation in extending our prayers and support.”
My wife Cynthia and I are praying for @LeaderMcConnell‘s swift recovery. As our Republican Leader in the Senate, we know that he is a tough and resilient fighter. On behalf of the Kentucky Delegation, I offer our support and prayers.https://t.co/3Q7FSAWOJx
— Hal Rogers (@RepHalRogers) March 9, 2023
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After defeating Florida Senator Rick Scott in the Republican leadership race in November, McConnell became the caucus’s leader for the longest period of time since 2007.