McConnell discharged from hospital after fall, needs inpatient rehab before return to Senate

The 81-year-old Kentucky senator is not expected to return to the Senate this week after his discharge.

Updated: March 14, 2023 - 7:32am

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been discharged from a Washington, D.C.-based hospital after falling last week and sustaining a concussion but will need inpatient physical therapy before returning to work on Capitol Hill. 

The 81-year-old Kentucky Republican was discharged Monday. He was admitted to George Washington University Hospital on night with a concussion after he tripped and fell at a private dinner in Washington, D.C., at the Waldorf Astoria, formerly known as the Trump International Hotel. Doctors discovered this weekend that he also fractured a rib. 

"Leader McConnell’s concussion recovery is proceeding well," McConnell spokesman David Pop said. "At the advice of his physician, the next step will be a period of physical therapy at an inpatient rehabilitation facility before he returns home."

McConnell tripped and fell at his Kentucky home in 2019, which resulted in him requiring shoulder surgery.