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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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“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.
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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.
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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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