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Congressman Cramer’s son in critical condition in ICU unit

Grand Forks Herald file photo of Kevin Cramer. Joshua Komer / Forum News Service

BISMARCK - Isaac Cramer, 35, the son of Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and his wife, Kris, is hospitalized in an intensive care unit at Sanford Health in Bismarck, according to sources close to the family.

Isaac’s condition is “not good; Isaac has kidney and liver failure,” said Facebook posts from family friends.

A statement from U.S. Rep. Cramer's office Saturday night said that his son was in critical condition and that he was admitted to the hospital on Friday night.

“The family has gathered at the hospital and is asking for privacy at this time. On behalf of the Cramer family, we ask for your healing prayers for Isaac and for comfort and peace for the family,” said the statement from his deputy chief of staff Jason Stverak.

Isaac had been living in Fargo for several years.

The deterioration in Isaac Cramer’s health is due to on ongoing battle with alcoholism, according to a Facebook post from family friend and Fargo conservative talk radio host Scott Hennen.

“(Isaac) has fought the demon of alcoholism for much of his young life,” Hennen wrote in the post. “Now he fights for his life in an ICU.”

Another friend of the Cramer family, Mark Guttormson said he received a message from Kris Cramer on Saturday morning indicating that Isaac was in an ICU.

She asked for prayers for Isaac, said Guttormson who posted the information on Facebook.

About an hour and a half later, Guttormson received another message from Kris Cramer saying that Isaac’s liver and kidneys were failing, and doctors suggested that the Cramers call the family in.

“I haven’t been told what the actual condition is, but from the information I’m getting, it is very serious,” he said. “It’s now kind of a wait-and-see situation.”

Kevin and Kris Cramer’s other children are another adult son, Ian; adult daughters, Rachel and Annie, and an 11-year-old adopted son, Abel. They also have four grandchildren.

Cramer recently announced his plans to launch a U.S. Senate campaign to unseat Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp in this fall’s general election.