Gore son leaves hospital

WASHINGTON -- Albert Gore III, the son of Sen. Al Gore, D-Tenn., returned home Wednesday after nearly a month of treatment at Johns Hopkins Children's Center for severe injuries suffered when he was hit by a car.

The youngest child and only son of Gore and his wife Tipper left the hospital wearing a full body cast that the 6-year-old will wear for three weeks, the Gores said in a statement from the senator's office.


The youngster suffered a broken thighbone, broken collarbone, broken ribs, ruptured spleen, bruised lung, bruised kidney, bruised pancreas and a concussion when he was hit by a car leaving the Baltimore Orioles' opening day game April 3. About 60 percent of his spleen was surgically removed soon after the accident.

A final operation Tuesday removed a pin stabilizing the youngster's left thighbone. He wil continue to undergo physical therapy to fully restore movement in his right arm.

'We're not yet at the end of the road to recovery but we've come a long way, and for that we thank God and all those who have prayed for Albert,' the Gores said. 'We are grateful to the skilled and caring doctors and nurses and physical therapists at Johns Hopkins Children's Center and to the thousands of friends who have stood with us through a difficult time. They've made an important difference for Albert and for our entire family.'


Gore, who set aside his Senate chores when his son was injured, will return to the chamber May 1.

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