Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is in a Las Vegas hospital following injuries sustained while exercising at home.
A statement issued Friday by Reid’s office said doctors expect a “full recovery.”
“A piece of equipment Senator Reid was using to exercise broke, causing him to fall and break a number of ribs and bones in his face,” according to the statement. “Senator Reid will return to Washington this weekend and be in the office Tuesday as the Senate prepares to reconvene.”
Adam Jentleson, the senator’s spokesman, told the Associated Press that the accident occurred when an elastic exercise band broke and hit the 75-year-old Reid in the face, causing him to fall. As the senator fell, Jentleson said, Reid struck part of the equipment and broke several bones near his right eye. Reid broke several ribs as he hit the floor.
Jentleson said tests found no bleeding in his brain or other internal bleeding.
Reid’s security detail first brought him to St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nev., after the accident occurred Thursday. He was transferred to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas for further testing and was admitted overnight “as a precaution,” the senator’s office said. Reid is expected to be released later today.