By J. Taylor Rushing - 03/12/10 10:08 PM EST
Surgeons operated on the wife of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Friday, leaving her in “good spirits” and ready for release within days.
The senator’s wife, Landra, and daughter, Lana, were rear-ended in a traffic accident on Thursday afternoon in the Washington area. Landra Reid suffered a broken back, broken nose and broken neck; Lana Reid suffered facial cuts and a minor neck injury. Both were taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va.
Doctors Elizabeth Franco, MD, the hospital’s trauma specialist, and Joseph Watson, MD, director of the Inova Regional Neurosurgery Service, performed surgery on Landra Reid’s neck, reporting that it went well and pronouncing the senator’s wife in good spirits. She started physical therapy immediately and is expected to be released in the next few days, they said.
Sen. Reid released a gratified statement.
“The tremendous concern and support for Landra and Lana from people across Nevada and across the nation have deeply touched our entire family,” Reid said. “We greatly appreciate your thoughts during this difficult time. Landra and I have been married for 50 years. She is the love of my life, and I look forward to her making a full recovery as quickly as possible.”