Still ailing, Senate leader Courtney may miss session start

Courtney said he had seen at least 10 doctors in the past month, undergone two surgeries, received a new component in his replacement hip and dealt with blood clots.

Posted: Jan 30, 2020 9:45 PM
Updated: Jan 30, 2020 9:46 PM

SALEM, Ore. --- The Oregon Legislature may convene its 2020 session without Senate President Peter Courtney, who has been in a Portland hospital for nearly a month receiving treatment for a staph infection in his replacement hip and other complications.

The 76-year-old Salem Democrat said his condition, first described as a workout accident, was worse than even members of his staff knew.

Courtney said he had seen at least 10 doctors in the past month, undergone two surgeries, received a new component in his replacement hip and dealt with blood clots.

Courtney said his doctors were pleased with his progress and they hoped to send him home this week.

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