Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Hospitalized After Incident At Dinner
Washington, DC - August 2 : Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Aug 02, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday evening after falling during a dinner.

“This evening, Leader McConnell tripped at a local hotel during a private dinner,” a spokesperson for McConnell said. “He has been admitted to the hospital where he is receiving treatment.”

No other information was provided. The 81-year-old senator is a polio survivor and has, at times, had issues with balance and sometimes needs to use rails to assist him in walking.

In 2019, McConnell suffered a fractured shoulder after he tripped and fell at his home in Kentucky.

McConnell’s hospitalization comes as Sens. John Fetterman (D-PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have both been hospitalized in recent weeks.

Feinstein was hospitalized last week in San Francisco after being diagnosed with shingles, she said in a statement. She reportedly is now back at her home recovering.

Fetterman checked himself into a mental health hospital on the night of February 15 at the recommendation of the attending physician of the United States Congress after experiencing symptoms of severe depression. NBC News reported that Fetterman was expected to be hospitalized for weeks.

The New York Times reported in February that Fetterman was struggling with “serious mental health” issues and that he often cannot understand the words that others are saying to him after suffering a stroke last year that nearly killed him.

The report said that Fetterman’s struggles are significantly worse when he is under any kind of stress.

Fetterman has indicated that when he’s under stress, people’s voices become muffled, the report said.

Fetterman was hospitalized out of an abundance of caution in February after feeling lightheaded at a Democrat Senate retreat.

Fetterman’s staff claimed that doctors said that he did not have another stroke and that they had also checked for signs of seizures.

The report noted that the stroke last year has taken a “very real psychological toll” on him and that he has “had to come to terms with the fact that he may have set himself back permanently by not taking the recommended amount of rest during the campaign.”

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