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Sen. Kevin Cramer seriously injures right hand doing weekend yardwork

The incident required immediate surgery, and Cramer is remaining in North Dakota in case he needs a finger amputation, the GOP senator revealed Wednesday.
Sen. Kevin Cramer
Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., speaks at an Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington on Feb. 15.Michael Brochstein / Sipa USA via AP file

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., revealed Wednesday that he seriously injured his right hand over the weekend while doing yardwork. He said it required immediate surgery, and he may need a finger amputation.

In a statement, Cramer indicated that the incident took place while he was home in North Dakota and said he's remaining there in case the situation worsens.

"I continue to remain in North Dakota close to medical care as there is a high risk of infection and the possible need for amputation. I am alert and in good spirits," Cramer said.

Cramer later clarified on Twitter that the amputation risk was to a finger, not his whole hand.

The 61-year-old GOP senator said he'll be missing this week's votes and hearing but is closely monitoring Senate business. He said he plans to return after Congress' two-week recess marking the July Fourth holiday. His absence means he'll likely miss the floor vote that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to hold on bipartisan legislation to address gun violence before the end of the week.

"I plan to return to Washington DC after the Independence Day state work period and expect to be doling out a lot of left-handed fist bumps," Cramer joked.

The Republican senator didn't detail what the injury entailed and what caused it to occur during the yardwork.