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Rep. Slaughter is released from hospital

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, has been released from a Rochester hospital following a Manhattan accident in which she suffered a severe fracture of her leg.

The congresswoman's office announced Friday she has left the physical medicine and rehabilitation program at the University of Rochester Medical Center to begin the next phase of her recovery and rehabilitation resulting from the April 3 accident.

"Congresswoman Slaughter has been progressing well with her healing," said Dr. Stephen I. Kates, an orthopedic surgeon who treated her. "She's following the normal expected course for someone with this kind of fracture. I expect she will make a full recovery and be able to not only serve our country but campaign as she plans."

Slaughter emphasized that she has maintained an active pace while handling her congressional duties from the hospital.

"Over the course of my stay, I gave video remarks at a major manufacturing conference, introduced trade legislation to support local workers, secured nearly $500,000 in federal grants for Community Health Centers in Rochester and saved a $25 million fuel cell research program which will directly help 50 workers at Delphi in Henrietta," she said.

She is expected to continue physical therapy in Rochester for a period before returning to Washington.