Sen. Katie Britt (R-Ala.) is recovering at home after experiencing a “sudden onset of numbness” in her face over the weekend.
“While with my family in Montgomery this past weekend, I experienced a sudden onset of numbness in my face. I was admitted to Baptist Medical Center South for evaluation,” Britt, 41, said in a statement on Monday.
Britt said doctors believe that the numbness was likely the result of swelling of a facial nerve that was most likely caused by a post-viral infection.
“A specialist from UAB has subsequently evaluated me on an outpatient basis and concurred with the prognosis and course of treatment,” she said in the statement.
Britt added that her condition is not life-threatening and recovery “could take several weeks.”
Britt made history in 2022 when she became the first woman to be elected to the United States Senate from Alabama. She replaced retired Republican Sen. Richard Shelby.