Oregon Senate leader Courtney may miss session start

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Senate President Peter Courtney has been in a Portland hospital for nearly a month

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Legislature may convene its 2020 session without Senate President Peter Courtney, who has been in a Portland hospital for nearly a month receiving treatment for a staph infection in his replacement hip and other complications.

The 76-year-old Salem Democrat told the Statesman Journal his condition – first described as a workout accident – was worse than even members of his staff knew.

Courtney said he has seen at least 10 doctors in the past month, undergone two surgeries, received a new component in his replacement hip and dealt with blood clots.

Courtney said his doctors were pleased with his progress and they hoped to send him home this week.

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