Congressman Mark DeSaulnier remained in critical condition in an intensive care unit Wednesday, according to his sons, who issued a statement through is office.
“At this point, our dad remains in critical condition in the ICU,” Tristan and Tucker said in the statement. “The doctors are hopeful that he remains stable, but he has much improvement to go.”
Further details about his condition weren’t provided in the statement.
DeSaulnier, 67, suffered a traumatic rib fracture 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 that stemmed from the rib injury. At the time, he was in serious, but stable condition, and he tested negative for the coronavirus, or COVID-19. However, his condition would deteriorate, his chief of staff announced Saturday.
DeSaulnier’s sons said they’ve been “amazed and moved” by the outpouring of support for their father.
“We can’t thank you all enough,” they said. “It’s a testament to him that even at this difficult moment, so many people have taken the time and effort to reach out on his behalf.”
Tristan and Tucker added, “He has devoted his time, energy, and his life to the citizens of California, and we hope that you will all continue to lend him your support while giving him the quiet he needs as he continues fighting the good fight.”
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 father of two sons is an avid runner who has completed twenty-one marathons and is also a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015.