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Rep. Kevin Cramer's ailing son seeing transplant team at Mayo Clinic

Rep. Kevin Cramer's 35-year-old son, Isaac, as he is transported from Bismarck to Rochester, Minn., for medical care. (Courtesy photo/Kevin Cramer)

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., took to social media on Tuesday to offer an update on his hospitalized son, Isaac.

The congressman's son is now at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he is being evaluated by a "transplant team," according to Cramer's post.

News broke Feb. 24 that Isaac Cramer, 35, was hospitalized in Bismarck in grave condition with kidney and liver failure, according to an Associated Press report. In following days, Rep. Cramer said his son's health had improved, and on Tuesday evening he offered his latest update.

"I haven't posted updates on Isaac Cramer's health for awhile because there hasn't been much to report, until now," Cramer wrote in a Facebook post. "Now we are here where some of the best medical professionals in the world are caring for him while the transplant team evaluates."

Cramer, the presumptive GOP nominee in North Dakota's U.S. Senate race, thanked Bismarck area medical staff as well as "hundreds, maybe thousands of prayer warriors who contact us constantly." He skipped congressional votes to remain with his son last week and said he was present for Isaac's move to Rochester after the weekend's snowstorm canceled flights to Washington.

"I don't know when I will post again," said Cramer. "Our situation is very personal and we tend to be very public. I am trying to balance it all with dignity and respect for our son and openness to you. Thank you for understanding."

Sam Easter

Sam Easter is a City Government reporter for the Grand Forks Herald. You can reach him with story tips, comments and ideas at 701-330-3441.

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