Senate Democratic Leader Reid to Have Eye Surgery After Accident

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

After exercise accident, Harry Reid to undergo eye surgery.

U.S. WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid will undergo surgery on his right eye next week after doctors determined it is a “necessary step to assist in recovering full vision” after an accident suffered while exercising, his office announced Wednesday. The statement said Reid is expected to be released from the hospital quickly after the operation, but will need to remain home for several days to minimize strain on the injured eye.

He suffered the eye injury as well as broken ribs on New Year’s Day, when a piece of exercise equipment he was using broke and sent him smashing into cabinets at his new home in Nevada. The Nevada Democrat has said the injuries won’t prevent him from running for a sixth term next year, and his office has worked hard to emphasize that he is continuing to work while he’s been recuperating. Reid worked in his Senate office on Tuesday for the first time this year following a New Year’s Day exercising accident that broke bones in Reid’s face and several ribs. It released a photo of Reid meeting at his Washington home last week with other members of the Democratic leadership, and recently announced federal funding for his home state of Nevada. That meant Reid — who lost his majority leader post to Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky — missed the swearing in of 13 newly elected senators, all save one of them Republicans.

Reid ran the caucus meeting on Tuesday but did not attend the State of the Union speech. “He has a bounce in his step,” said Reid’s top message man, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, who added that it will “take a little time” before Reid will make one of his signature fiery floor speeches this year. I’ll continue to fight back,” Reid said. “I’m in the process of setting up for the next go-around.” Reid was not in the Senate on Wednesday but is expected back on Thursday.

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