New Mexico Democratic Sen. Ben Ray Luján is in the hospital recovering from a stroke, according to a statement released on Tuesday.
“Early Thursday morning, Senator Luján began experiencing dizziness and fatigue. He checked himself into Christus St. Vincent Regional Hospital in Santa Fe. He was then transferred to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque for further evaluation,” the statement read.
! Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) has suffered a stroke. pic.twitter.com/6uDn2wLd7l
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) February 1, 2022
“Sen. Luján was found to have suffered a stroke in the cerebellum, affecting his balance. As part of his treatment plan, he subsequently underwent decompressive surgery to ease swelling,” Luján added in the statement.
Luján also expressed his gratitude to the hospitals for their care and expects a strong recovery.
“The senator and his family would like to thank the wonderful doctors and staff at both UNM Hospital and Christus St. Vincent Regional Hospital for their excellent care during this time. Sen. Luján looks forward to getting back to work for the people of New Mexico,” he added.
New Mexico Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wrote that “all of New Mexico is wishing him a speedy and full recovery.”
Sending all my best to @SenatorLujan and his family.
Ben Ray is a tough norteño and I know he’ll be back on the Senate floor fighting for New Mexico families in no time – all of New Mexico is wishing him a speedy and full recovery.
— Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) February 1, 2022
The concerning event has thankfully been addressed and all hope for his quick recovery from the ordeal.