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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 12/20/2010

Mary Cheh breaks arm severely, will miss council meeting

By Mike DeBonis

A warm-weather getaway turned excruciating for D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh over the weekend.

Cheh (D-Ward 3) was visiting Miami with her daughter, a law student who was interviewing for an internship with a firm there, when she went for a run on a path outside their hotel. On a portion of the path where a boardwalk becomes a brick walkway, Cheh said, she tripped and fell -- right onto her arm, crushing her wrist and breaking her arm so severely it sent bone through the skin.

"People who were standing around were holding their hands to their mouths," Cheh said, adding: "They showed me the X-rays. It was revolting."

Cheh, 60, had an immediate procedure to stabilize the injury. She returns to D.C. today and will have more substantial surgery -- "with plates and pins and things like that" -- tomorrow at Sibley Hospital, in her ward.

"If I had known what would happen to me, I would have stayed home," she said.

Tomorrow is also the final council meeting of the term, and members will be voting on a number of contentious issues -- not least of which is a nearly $200 million budget gap-closing.

Cheh will miss the meeting, but she said doesn't expect her vote to have been decisive on most matters. She did express concern about a proposal from council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) to restrict access to city homeless shelters to those who can prove District residency.

She voted to table the proposal earlier this month; the tabling failed by a single vote, but Cheh is hopeful that the council will delay the measure on a second and final vote. "There's no reason to rush," she said. "There's absolutely no reason to be hasty when somebody could be harmed."

By Mike DeBonis  | December 20, 2010; 11:44 AM ET
Categories:  The District  
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So sorry to hear about Mary Cheh's injury and hope she will heal quickly. Her's is a voice of reason that is always missed when she isn't there.

Posted by: peterdc | December 20, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

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