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House Democrat recovering at home after fracturing his back

House Democrat recovering at home after fracturing his back
© Greg Nash

Staff for Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-Texas) announced Monday that the congressman was recovering at home after falling and fracturing his back.

A press secretary for Gonzalez said in a statement that he had fallen about 12 feet at home last Thursday and was transported to a local hospital in an ambulance.

"On Thursday, April 30, while working around the house, Congressman Gonzalez sustained a fall of approximately 12 feet at his home in McAllen, Texas," reads the statement.

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"The congressman sustained fractures to his lower back. Doctors have ordered home recovery and bed rest for 4-6 weeks," it continued.

Gonzalez's press secretary concluded the statement by noting that the congressman would address his condition in another statement in the coming days. The injury comes just months after the Texas Democrat announced he would self-quarantine in his home after coming in contact with a colleague who tested positive for the coronavirus. Gonzalez later tested negative for the virus.

“While I have tested negative, I will continue to follow the advice of medical experts and maintain social distancing practices as I work on behalf of the 15th District of Texas. I implore any person who believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 to consult a physician and do the right thing for the greater good of their community and country," he said at the time.