Sen. Albert Gore Jr. and his wife, Tipper, say they are thinking positively as their 6-year-old son recovers from injuries suffered when he was struck by a car April 3.

"It's been a difficult experience," Gore, D-Tenn., said Wednesday. "But it has been an experience that has certainly put a lot of things into perspective and teaches you what's really important in life.""It's drawn us closer as a family," Mrs. Gore said.

Albert Gore III lost about 60 percent of his spleen as the result of the accident and suffered a concussion, a bruised kidney, lung and pancreas and a broken leg and rib. He was hit near Memorial Stadium as the family left the Baltimore Orioles' season opener. The boy was in satisfactory condition Wednesday at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.