Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) told a local TV station Thursday that he came close to death this past spring and underwent life-saving brain surgery at a Washington, D.C., hospital.

In late March, Reichert's office released a statement that said the congressman was treated for a "head injury" sustained after he was hit by a tree branch while doing yard work. Reichert's office said he was treated for a "subdural hematoma" but gave no further details at the time.

In an interview Thursday, Reichert suggested the injury was much more serious than originally thought. He described two months of headaches that eventually led to numbness on the right side of his body. After being rushed to George Washington University Hospital, Reichert said he underwent emergency brain surgery.

Reichert is a Democratic target this year facing a challenge from Suzan DelBene (D).

Here's the report from Washington state's KING 5 news featuring Reichert's interview.