WASHINGTON – Outgoing U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid broke ribs and facial bones when a piece of exercise equipment malfunctioned while he was working out at his home in Henderson, Nevada, his office said Friday.
The 75-year-old Democrat, a former amateur boxer, was taken to a hospital in Henderson by his security detail for treatment after being injured Thursday. He was later transferred to the University Medical Center in nearby Las Vegas for further testing and was kept overnight as a precaution before being discharged Friday.
Reid spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said the senator is “ready to get back to work.” Orthman said Reid went home to Henderson after leaving the hospital and will return to Washington this weekend ahead of the Senate reconvening on Tuesday.
“A piece of equipment Sen. Reid was using to exercise broke, causing him to fall and break a number of ribs and bones in his face,” an earlier statement from Reid’s office said.
Orthman told the Las Vegas Sun the senator was using a resistance band, an elastic band used for strength training, that snapped and hit him in the face.
Another aide, Adam Jentleson, told the newspaper Reid broke bones near his right eye and several ribs when he fell. Jentleson said Reid probably will have severe facial bruises.
Reid was elected to the Senate in 1986 and became majority leader in 2007. He will surrender that position to Sen. Mitch McConnell in the new Congress as a result of November’s elections in which Republicans took control of the Senate from Reid’s Democrats.
Orthman said Reid spent Friday with his wife and spoke with fellow senators in preparation for the Senate’s return.