Barack Obama received twelve stitches in his lip after he was elbowed by friend Rey Decerega, during a game of pickup basketball at Ft. McNair in Washington, D.C. See the video below.
Obama Elbowed, Receives Stitches
Decerega works for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Obama was treated at the White House:
The medical staff that treated Obama used a finer filament than usual, allowing for more numerous and tighter stitches and, as a result, a smaller scar. Obama received a local anesthetic while he was being stitched up.
View an exclusive photo showing more detail of the major gash the President received.
Obama Elbowed Playing Basketball, Gets Stitches (video)