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Iowa state senator, husband hurt while picking up storm debris in Clive

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette –

State Sen. Pat Ward, R-Clive, an assistant minority leader, issued a statement Monday saying she and her husband were hospitalized for medical treatment of injuries they suffered during an accident that occurred while they were picking up storm debris at their Clive residence last weekend.

Ward said she sustained a “minor compression fracture in my lower back that will not require surgery,” while her husband, John, fractured several ribs and was diagnosed with a partially collapsed lung.

“We are both doing well, are in good spirits and we both look forward to being released from the hospital later today or tomorrow. I am excited about returning to my work in the Senate either tomorrow or later this week,” Ward said in a statement. “My husband, John, and I want to extend or sincerest appreciation for all of the many kind thoughts and prayers extended our way as well as the wonderful care we have received from Mercy Hospital.”

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