February 6, 2013
Dr. Ralph Northam doesn't see his usual volume of patients when he's serving in the Virginia Senate each winter.
But the Norfolk Democrat used his medical skills Tuesday when a visitor to the State Capitol observing Senate action from balcony seating tripped and hit his head, opening up a gash.
Northam, a pediatric neurologist, rushed to aid medics who were treating the man.
"All in a day's work here at the Capitol," Northam said after one of the rare occasions he's had to provide medical care in the Senate.
Two years ago, Northam aided fellow Sen. Linda "Toddy" Puller, D-Fairfax County, when she had a choking episode on the Senate floor.
Tuesday, Northam attended to the injured man before he was taken to a nearby hospital.
Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Louisa County, said the man is one of his constituents, but he declined to share his name.
Garrett described the man as an octogenarian and "lifelong farmer" from Prince Edward County who is "tough as nails."
Northam is serving his second four-year term in the Virginia Senate and is pursuing the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor this year.