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Senator Kevin Cramer says there is a “possible need for amputation” after sustaining a serious hand injury.

The North Dakota Republican shared his medical news on Wednesday in a statement he posted on Twitter.

“While working in the yard this weekend, I sustained a serious injury to my right hand, which required immediate surgery,” the 61-year-old lawmaker wrote.

“I continue to stay in North Dakota close to medical care as there is a high risk of infection and possible need for amputation,” he said.

Cramer’s director of communications, Molly Block, later clarified that the amputation risk involved her boss’s fingers. Cramer, Block said, “makes jokes about how his future NFL career is over.”

Cramer said he will miss Senate votes and hearings this week, but will return to Capitol Hill next month.

The senator said he remained “alert and in good spirits”, and despite his injury, he did not appear to have lost his sense of humour.

“I plan to return to Washington, D.C. after the Independence Day State work period,” he said, “and expect to dish out a lot of left-handed punches.”

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