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Sen. Harry Reid out of hospital after exercise accident at home

Officials Celebrate Creation of Tule Springs National Monument

Steve Marcus

Nevada Democrats Rep. Dina Titus, Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Steven Horsford stand with casts of mammoth teeth during a news conference marking the creation of Tule Springs National Monument at Las Vegas Paiute Resort northwest of Las Vegas, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014.

Updated Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 | 1:21 p.m.

The president called to wish Sen. Harry Reid a "full and speedy recovery" the morning after the Senate Democratic leader injured himself, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement.

Reid was released from a Las Vegas hospital today after he broke "a number of ribs and bones in his face," according to statements from his office.

The Nevada Democrat and outgoing Senate majority leader fell Thursday when a resistance band he was using to exercise at his home in Henderson snapped and hit him in his face, causing him to fall, according to the statement and Reid spokesperson Kristen Orthman

Reid struck part of the equipment as he fell, breaking multiple bones near his right eye, spokesman Adam Jentleson said. As he hit the floor, he broke several ribs.

Tests found no bleeding in the brain or any other internal bleeding, Jentleson said. Reid is likely to have severe facial bruises, he said.

Doctors expect him to make a full recovery, according to the statement.

Security officers guarding Reid at the time of the fall first took him to St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson. Doctors then transferred him for further testing to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where he stayed overnight as a precaution, according to the statement.

Reid was discharged from the hospital and was headed home, his office announced about noon today.

"He spent the day with his wife, Landra, talking to fellow senators, friends and staff and preparing for the Senate's return. He sends his thanks to all those who sent warm wishes and is ready to get back to work," Orthman said in a statement.

Reid, who turned 75 in December, will return to Washington this weekend and be ready for the Senate to start on Tuesday. He will lead Senate Democrats as the party's minority leader and has said he'll also gear up for his sixth re-election campaign in 2016.

In May 2011, Reid dislocated a shoulder and suffered a contusion above his left eye when he slipped after an early morning run in the rain. He fell when he leaned against a parked car.

In October 2012, Reid suffered rib and hip contusions in a chain-reaction car crash.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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