Rep. Walter Jones suffers broken hip

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GREENVILLE — The office of U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones confirmed Wednesday morning that he underwent surgery Tuesday for a broken hip.

An email sent from the congressman’s Washington D.C. office containing a three-sentence statement on his letterhead was released about 13 hours after Tom Lamprechet, co-host of the “Tom and Sadie” radio program, released an email saying a reliable source had confirmed the congressman’s injury with his show.

Lamprechet’s release said the congressman fell inside his home on Monday. He was taken to Vidant Medical Center for treatment.

The release from Jones’ office said “Congressman Walter B. Jones sustained a broken hip at his home on Monday.

He underwent successful surgery at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville on Tuesday. The congressman has started the rehabilitation process and is grateful to all involved for the care he’s received.”

The Herald-Sun of Durham reported last month that Jones, 75, was granted a leave of absence on Dec. 11 for the rest of 2018. At the time of that report, Jones had missed nearly 30 roll call votes.

Jones was absent when Congress convened Jan. 3 for members to take the oath of office. Jones’ Chief of Staff Joshua Bowlen said at the time the congressman was continuing to deal with a health issue and offered no further details.

Jones was sworn in at his Farmville home by U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield the next day.

According to Lamprecht’s statements, people close to Jones said he “ has been battling a neurological condition in recent months.”

Lamprecht also said, “Obviously any decision concerning resignation is ultimately up Congressman Jones. However, it does appear to be a question which the Jones camp will have to address.”