Congressman Mark DeSaulnier has been released from the hospital and is continuing his recovery in Washington D.C., his sons Tristan and Tucker DeSaulnier announced Monday.
DeSaulnier, 68, developed pneumonia stemming from a traumatic rib fracture he suffered after falling during his daily run in Washington D.C. He was admitted to the hospital on Friday, March 13, to treat complications from pneumonia. At the time, he was in serious, but stable condition, and he tested negative for COVID-19. However, his condition would deteriorate and he was admitted into intensive care.
In mid-April, an improving DeSaulnier was moved out of intensive care.
“We are so pleased to announce that this weekend, our dad returned home from the hospital,” his sons said. “He’s eager to get back to California, but he’ll continue his recovery in Washington, DC until his doctors determine it’s safe to fly.
“We want to say thank you, on our Dad’s behalf, to everyone who has reached out and everyone who has been pulling for him. Your thoughts, prayers, and compassion have helped sustain him throughout this experience. We are also eternally grateful to the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff who helped save our Dad’s life.
“While he’s made truly remarkable progress and has come so far, our Dad still has work to do and we appreciate his friends and constituents affording him time and support as the next phase of his recovery begins.”
DeSaulnier was elected to his current post in 2014 and represents California’s 11th Congressional District, which includes the majority of Contra Costa County. He previously served as a state senator, state assemblymember and as a member of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.
The Concord resident is an avid runner who has completed 21 marathons and is also a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015.