House Democrat Horribly Injured and Hospitalized

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Last Thursday morning in Greensboro, Democratic Representative Kathy Manning of North Carolina and a member of her staff were engaged in a “serious car accident” on their way to a district event. It was a three-vehicle collision, according to her office, and another motorist received a citation.

Thursday saw Manning and her assistant leaving Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro. On Friday, Manning’s office provided a detailed account of the congresswoman’s wounds and made the announcement that she will go on working from home while recuperating. August recess for the US House is presently in effect.

Manning’s office announced Friday that she is “recuperating well at home and will continue to work from home as she recovers,” CNN reported. Manning was discharged from the hospital with a broken sternum and a broken bone in her foot.

“Many thanks to the first responders and the Cone Health team for their timely response and assistance,” her office added. “Rep. Manning is extremely grateful to the outstanding first responders and the extremely professional and kind staff at the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. She is very grateful for all the kind words, prayers, and well wishes she has received.”

The State Highway Patrol reports that at around 10:15 a.m., troopers reached the scene of the crash on US Highway 29 in Guilford County.

A northbound driver making a left turn collided with the southbound vehicle transporting Manning, according to a patrol report. The northbound vehicle impacted the third car, which was stopped at a red light, according to the police.

The neighboring 34-year-old driver of the northbound car from Alamance County was cited for failure to yield, according to the patrol.

66-year-old Democrat is serving her second term in the House.

A congressman has now been hospitalized twice in the past week.

A prominent Republican senator who experienced facial numbness was taken to the hospital and will need weeks to recuperate.

According to WBMA-LD, Republican Senator Katie Britt of Alabama revealed that she fell ill over the weekend.

“While with my family in Montgomery this past weekend, I experienced a sudden onset of numbness in my face. I was admitted to Baptist Medical Center South for evaluation. Doctors determined that my symptoms were a result of swelling of a facial nerve, most likely caused by a post-viral infection,” she said in a statement.

“A specialist from UAB has subsequently evaluated me on an outpatient basis and concurred with the prognosis and course of treatment,” she said, referring to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “My condition is not life-threatening, and recovery could take several weeks. I am grateful for the medical professionals providing excellent care, and my family and I are deeply grateful for your prayers.”

Britt, who had previously served as GOP Sen. Richard C. Shelby’s chief of staff, became the first woman from Alabama to be elected to the Senate in November.

Britt, 41, is also the newest Republican senatorial candidate ever to be elected.

Right now, the Senate is off until after Labor Day.

Britt has stated her desire to motivate people to achieve success.

“To think that there are little girls and young women across our state who can look at what we have achieved together on this campaign and be inspired — or be instilled with the confidence and hope that they can shoot for the stars and achieve their dreams — is powerful,” Britt said in an interview last year.

Britt’s memoir, “God Calls Us to Do Hard Things,” is coming out on Nov. 7, according to Axios.

According to the book’s promotional website, Britt “shares some candid advice for how to overcome personal challenges, appreciate blessed moments, make our lives more fulfilling, and keep an unshakeable faith in God, family, and our country.”

Britt will include memories of “working long days in her parents’ hardware store, to finding her path at the University of Alabama and marrying the captain of the football team, to an extremely close call with a tornado that destroyed her house while she held her baby in her arms, to her upstart campaign for Senate,” according to the publisher.

“At a moment when politics feel so toxic and broken,” Britt will encourage readers “to listen to your heart, serve and inspire,” the announcement says.


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