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Rep. Cramer’s son, still hospitalized, shows improving health

The family of Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is now "planning for recovery" for the congressman's son, Isaac Cramer, who was admitted to a hospital Friday in grave health.

A photo of Isaac Cramer, shared by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., on Facebook. "The picture is of Ike’s little brother Abel and his nephew Beau praying over him, Cramer wrote on Facebook. "We believe in the power of prayer to a god who heals." (Courtesy photo | Kevin Cramer)

The family of Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is now “planning for recovery” for the congressman’s son, Isaac Cramer, who was admitted to a hospital Friday in grave health.

Isaac Cramer, 35, has been in critical condition in a Bismarck hospital with “kidney and liver failure,” according to a family friend, who appeared to indicate on social media that the Cramer family was preparing for the possibility of his death.

Isaac Cramer’s health has since improved, and Rep. Cramer addressed his son’s condition in a Facebook post Monday morning.

“His hemoglobin has stabilized without blood transfusions since very early Sunday morning. He has been off of blood pressure assistance for 24 hours and has maintained good pressure on his own,” Cramer wrote. “His heart rate has also improved as they’ve reduced sedation. His kidneys are improving and his temperature is down slightly. He remains critical, but instead of planning for the worst, we are planning for recovery.”

An email from Cramer’s office Monday afternoon said he would remain in Bismarck this week.


“While Isaac is improving, he remains in critical condition,” Cramer said in the statement. “Therefore, I will not travel to Washington, D.C., for votes today and tomorrow. Instead, I am remaining in Bismarck with Isaac and the rest of my family.”

Cramer’s messages did not mention his pursuit of the U.S. Senate seat now held by Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D, or mention any ramifications his son’s health might have for his campaign. Cramer had initially said he would not seek the seat in January before ultimately deciding to run this month.

Neither friends of the family nor Rep. Cramer have publicly described the events that led to Isaac Cramer’s hospitalization.

“Words cannot begin to express our family’s appreciation for all of the support we are receiving from around the country,” Cramer wrote on Facebook. “To the many prayer warriors who are holding us up, be encouraged. We feel it, and so does Isaac Cramer.”

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