GA Sen. Isakson released from hospital, starts next stage of recovery

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) sits in his office on Capitol Hill during a meeting. (Source: CNN)
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) was discharged Saturday from George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., according to a press spokeswoman for his office.

A statement says Isakson will now enter an inpatient rehabilitation program at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia. Isakson was taken to the hospital on Tuesday after falling in his DC apartment and suffering four fractured ribs.

Isakson will be under the care of a "team of specialized doctors" for "an intensive physical therapy program to help recover from the fractured ribs while improving his stamina and mobility".

Back in 2015, Isakson announced that he was battling Parkinson's disease. That diagnosis could complicate the next stage of his recovery.

"Part of the challenge that Isakson will face is the coupling of his injury with the symptoms of his Parkinson’s disease, which could lead to a longer recovery process. He is in good spirits and is determined to face this challenge head on so he can return to doing what he loves: representing Georgians in the Senate," a spokeswoman said.

According to this state, Isakson said, “I’m on the mend and looking forward to fully healing my fractured ribs through intensive rehabilitation."

“I thank everyone who has lifted me up through prayer and well-wishes.”

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