Sen. Ben Ray Luján Says He’s ‘On The Road To Recovery’ After Surgery For Stroke

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Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) spoke publicly for the first time since undergoing surgery after suffering a stroke last month, releasing a video on Sunday reassuring his constituents that he’s on the road to recovery.

The video showed the senator sitting between two neurologists from the University of New Mexico Hospital, Drs. Michel Torbey and Diana Greene Chandos. Luján said that he’s grateful for the providers at UNM Hospital and at Christus St. Vincent Medical Center for treating him, as well as for the “outpouring of support my family and I have received from across New Mexico and around America.”

“I’m doing well, I’m strong, I’m back on the road to recovery. And I’m gonna make a full recovery, I’m gonna walk out of here, I’m gonna beat this, and I’m gonna be stronger once I come out,” he said, adding that he will be sent to an inpatient rehabilitation facility after being discharged from UNM Hospital.

“That’s gonna take a few more weeks,” he continued. “I’m proud to report ... I’ll be back on the floor of the United States Senate in just a few short weeks to vote on important legislation and to consider a Supreme Court nominee. Now rest assured, New Mexicans can know they have a voice and a vote during this process. That has never changed.”

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. The outpouring of support from New Mexicans and folks all around the country gives me strength every day. Excited to get back to work.

— Senator Ben Ray Luján (@SenatorLujan) February 13, 2022

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