Vermont Sen. Leahy undergoes second surgery on broken hip

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MONTPELIER, Vermont (AP) — Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy underwent second surgery to help repair a broken hip, his office said Wednesday.

Leahy, 82, fell and broke his hip last month at his Virginia home. He underwent hip replacement surgery on June 30 at a Washington-area hospital. He was then transferred to a rehabilitation center.

On Wednesday, Leahy’s office said his surgeons deemed it necessary to perform additional hip surgery “to further his recovery.”

Leahy was back in his rehab room Tuesday night. He is working with physiotherapists “to get home as soon as possible.”

Leahy’s office said the senator and his wife Marcelle “deeply appreciate the continued messages of support and affection extended to them during his recovery.”

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Leahy, the longest serving member of the US Senate, is not seeking re-election in November. When Leahy’s current term expires in January 2023, he will have served 48 years in the Senate.

Leahy had previously visited the hospital in January 2021, hours after he began presiding over former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. Leahy wasn’t feeling well and was taken there out of an abundance of caution. After being examined, he was sent home.

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