Connecticut’s Democrat senator Richard Blumenthal, 77, suffered leg FRACTURE after falling during UConn’s March Madness victory parade… before getting up and carrying on!
For the entire college basketball season little went wrong for UConn, capped off with a parade in Mansfield, CT. following its national title win — the same can’t be said for U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
The 77-year-old Connecticut Democrat is expected to be discharged today after surgery on a minor leg fracture he suffered during the Huskies’ victory parade last weekend. Though it didn’t stop him from partying on.
Blumenthal said on Twitter he had surgery on his upper femur Sunday at Stamford Hospital and began physical therapy later the same day.
The operation included installing some pins to make sure it heals properly, a spokesperson told AP.
Video of the mishap, seen by AP, shows the senator walking in the parade in downtown Hartford on Saturday when he was bumped from behind by a man walking backward with a camera.
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal suffered a minor leg fracture during UConn’s victory parade
The Huskies celebrated their emphatic victory vs. SDSU in the national title game, Saturday
Their legs appeared to get tangled briefly and both men fell into the street, with Blumenthal landing on his back after bracing his fall with both arms a short distance from the parade’s end. People tended to Blumenthal, who got back up and finished the route.
Connecticut’s other U.S. senator, Chris Murphy, tweeted that ‘after he broke his femur he got back up, dusted himself off, and FINISHED THE PARADE. Most Dick Blumenthal thing ever.’
‘I did indeed fracture my femur after a fellow parade goer tripped & fell on me during the parade today,’ Blumenthal tweeted Saturday. ‘I expect a full recovery!’ Blumenthal said he plans to return to Washington next week.
Connecticut state Rep. Matt Blumenthal tweeted that he heard his father ‘was also on the reviewing stand for a while. Tough as nails, and on the mend shortly!’
Blumenthal is serving his third term in the Senate after being reelected in November. He was the state’s U.S. attorney before serving in the state House and state Senate and as Connecticut’s attorney general.
The 77-year-old Blumenthal, who is a Connecticut Democrat, is expected to return to D.C. soon
UConn won its fifth national title in program history with a comfortable 76-59