Vermont Senator Leahy will undergo surgery after breaking his hip in the fall


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Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy suffers a broken hip following a fall at his home in McLean, Virginia on Wednesday night.

In a statement, the 82-year-old Democrat’s office said he will undergo surgery to repair his hip Thursday morning.

“Being born blind in one eye, the senator had a lifelong struggle with reduced depth perception. He’s taken some remarkable beatings over the years, but this one finally caught up with him,” said Leahy’s office.

Doctors determined the best course of action would be to have surgery “as soon as possible,” her office said.

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FILE – Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., listens as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin testify before the Appropriations Committee Defense Subcommittee of the Senate, on May 3, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Leahy broke a hip in a fall at his home and was scheduled for surgery to repair it, his office announced Thursday, June 30, 2022. The 82-year-old Democrat fell Wednesday night in McLean, Va., according to the press release.
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“He should make a full recovery and begin a healthy course of physiotherapy immediately,” he wrote.

Leahy is the longest serving senator.

In November, he announced he would not run again this fall.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., arrives for a press conference at the Capitol on March 7, 2018, in Washington, DC

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., arrives for a press conference at the Capitol on March 7, 2018, in Washington, DC
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By the end of his term in January 2023, Leahy will have served in the Senate for 48 years.

In January last year, Leahy was rushed to hospital just hours after he began presiding over former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., President Pro Tempore of the Senate, arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., President Pro Tempore of the Senate, arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021.
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The senator had been taken to hospital as a precaution, as he was not feeling well. He was examined and sent home.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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