McConnell released from rehabilitation clinic following concussion injury

March 27, 2023

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was discharged from an inpatient rehabilitation center on Saturday following treatment for a concussion. The Kentucky Republican will return home and work remotely "for the next few days."

According to a report by The Washington Examiner, the health update comes two weeks after the GOP leader was hospitalized on March 8 after falling at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.

Five days after being discharged from the hospital, McConnell was admitted to an inpatient rehabilitation center for further treatment.

Some Republican members stated that they had been in contact with McConnell during his rehabilitation, by telephone and text message.

It is unclear when the Republican leader will return to the Senate, but it is unlikely to occur before early April, when the Senate goes for a two-week break.

McConnell's Comments

"I want to sincerely thank everyone for all the kind wishes," McConnell wrote in a statement. "I'm going to follow the advice of my physical therapists and spend the next few days working for Kentuckians and the Republican Conference from home.

"I'm in frequent touch with my Senate colleagues and my staff. I look forward to returning in person to the Senate soon."

The 81-year-old senator from Kentucky stumbled while attending a private dinner in Washington. He was admitted to the hospital for treatment, according to spokesperson Doug Andres.

In 2019, the leader of the Republican Party fractured his shoulder after tripping and falling at his residence in Kentucky. He underwent surgery to fix the fracture in his shoulder at the time.

The Senate had just begun its summer break, and he recuperated at home for many weeks.

Sens. John Fetterman (D-PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have both been hospitalized in recent weeks due to health issues, making McConnell the third senator to be absent from the upper chamber for health reasons. When Fetterman and Feinstein will return is unknown.

McConnell's History

In January, when the new Congress opened, McConnell surpassed the previous record of 16 years to become the longest-serving Senate leader, according to Time.

McConnell is frequently unwilling to share his personal life. Yet in the beginning of the COVID-19 controversy, he disclosed his childhood struggle with polio.

He shared how, as a child, his mother demanded he stay off his feet and guided him through a rigorous physical treatment regimen. He has recognized having difficulties ascending stairs as an adult.

The average age of a United States senator is 65. In recent months several have been absent due to sickness.

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