US Senator Kevin Cramer may need amputation after suffering ‘serious’ hand injury

US Senator Kevin Cramer says he suffered a serious injury to his right hand while doing yard work in North Dakota that may require amputation.

“While working in the yard over the weekend, I suffered a serious injury to my right hand, which required immediate surgery,” Mr Cramer said on Wednesday, without specifying the injury.

“I continue to stay in North Dakota near medical care as there is a high risk of infection and the possible need for amputation.”

MrCramer missed Tuesday’s procedural vote on the gun safety bill, but said he planned to return to Washington DC after the July 4 recess.

“I’m alert and in good spirits,” he added.

“Although I am missing votes and hearings this week, I am monitoring Senate business closely and in constant contact with my colleagues and staff.”

Mr Cramer even joked that when he returned to the Senate he planned to “do a lot of left-handed punches”.

The 61-year-old has represented his state in the US Senate since 2019, after serving as North Dakota’s sole congressman for six years.

Later, Mr Cramer’s communications director, Molly Block, tweeted that the injury was to the senator’s fingers and not his entire hand.

“For the curious – the amputation risk is for his fingers,” she wrote, adding that Mr. Cramer “makes jokes about his future NFL career being over.”

Mr Cramer then responded to his tweet, saying: ‘Part of a little finger.’

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