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McConnell released from hospital after being treated for a concussion


WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was “discharged from the hospital today,” his communications director, David Popp, said in a statement Monday.

“On the advice of his doctor, the next step will be a period of physiotherapy at an inpatient rehabilitation facility before he returns home,” Popp said. “During treatment over the weekend, the leader’s medical team discovered that he also suffered a minor rib fracture on Wednesday, which he is also being treated for.”

McConnell, 81, was hospitalized Wednesday after falling during a private dinner party and was treated for a concussion, his office said. On Friday, a political adviser, who visited him in hospital, said he was “doing well” and “looking forward” to leaving.

“Chief and Secretary Chao are deeply grateful for the skilled medical care, prayers and kindness they received,” Popp said Monday.

A McConnell aide told NBC News that the senator is not expected to return to the Capitol this week, saying it is “very common to go to physical therapy to regain strength after a hospital stay,” and that this “goes from one week to two weeks.”

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