Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) fell and broke “a number of ribs and bones in his face” after an exercise accident in his home on Thursday, his office said.
“On Thursday, Senator Reid received treatment at University Medical Center in Las Vegas for injuries sustained in an accident he suffered while exercising at home in Henderson,” his office said in a statement Friday morning. “A piece of equipment Senator Reid was using to exercise broke, causing him to fall and break a number of ribs and bones in his face.”
According to the New York Times, Reid was using a rubber exercise band that snapped and hit him, causing him to fall.
“Senator Reid will return to Washington this weekend and be in the office Tuesday as the Senate prepares to reconvene. His doctors expect a full recovery,” Reid’s office said. “Senator Reid was first brought to St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson by his security detail. He was then transferred to UMC for further testing, where he was admitted overnight as a precaution.”
Reid is 75. In 2011, he dislocated his shoulder and got a bump on his head after he slipped and fell while running in the rain.
In a tweet sent out Friday afternoon, Reid said, “Thanks to everyone for the warm wishes. I’m ready to get back to work.”
Thanks to everyone for the warm wishes. I'm ready to get back to work.
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) January 2, 2015
White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Friday that President Barack Obama called Reid “to wish him a full and speedy recovery.”
“The president was glad to hear the leader is doing well, and will be back in Washington this weekend,” Schultz added.
This post has been updated