United States Senator Chris Coons said he unexpectedly spent five days in the hospital earlier this summer due to “complications from a recent gallbladder surgery.”
Coons publicly reflected on his medical experience for the first time in a News Journal op/ed published in Sunday’s print edition of the newspaper.
“I’ve been to hospitals plenty of times, but until this summer, I’d never spent a night in a hospital as a patient,” Coons wrote.
On Twitter, the senator said he was now doing just fine, was grateful to those who provided him expert care and was committed to addressing continuing problems in the health care system.
“I’m now fine & fully recovered, but when I left Saint Francis a couple months ago I was more determined than ever to work with my colleagues to fix the persistent issues in our health care policies,” Coons tweeted.
“Being stuck in the hospital taught me some important lessons. Namely, the serious hurdles we still have to overcome to build the health care system Americans deserve,” he tweeted.
“When it comes to health care, partisan gridlock in Washington has real-life impacts on millions of Americans, because access to quality healthcare isn’t just a political issue. It’s a matter of life and death, and partisan differences get in the way of solutions,” said Coons.