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Reid's wife has surgery after serious crash, Reid thanks well-wishers

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Sen. Harry Reid's wife has undergone surgery at a Virginia hospital to stabilize injuries from a broken neck she suffered in a traffic accident.

A doctor at Inova Fairfax Hospital says the surgery Friday was successful in that Reid's wife, Landra, is not at risk of paralysis. Dr. Elizabeth Franco told a news conference the next steps for Mrs. Reid will be to get her up and walking in the next few days and to make sure her pain is under control.

Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, spent much of Friday at the hospital while his wife underwent surgery.

Police say 69-year-old Landra Reid and her daughter, 49-year-old Lana Barringer, were struck from behind on Interstate 95 by a tractor-trailer Thursday. The daughter was released Thursday. (Read The Post's report on the accident here.)

Reid thanked well-wishers for their kindness and support.

"The tremendous concern and support for Landra and Lana from people across Nevada and across the nation have deeply touched our entire family. We greatly appreciate your thoughts during this difficult time," Reid said in a statement issued Friday afternoon.

"Landra and I have been married for 50 years. She is the love of my life, and I look forward to her making a full recovery as quickly as possible."

By the Associated Press and staff reports  |  March 12, 2010; 5:24 PM ET
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