U.S. Senator Rand Paul suffered five broken ribs and lung contusions during Friday’s assault at his home in Kentucky, a senior adviser confirmed on Sunday. His injuries had previously been described as minor.
Doug Stafford, a senior adviser to the Republican lawmaker, told the AP that Paul suffered 5 broken ribs, including 3 displaced fractures, which in some cases can lead to life-threatening injuries. He also suffered lung contusions.
Paul remained in ‘considerable pain’ on Sunday and has difficulty getting around, Stafford told AP. It is unknown when he will be able to return to work in Washington, D.C. The type of injuries suffered by the senator can cause severe pain that can last weeks or months.
“Kelley and I appreciate the overwhelming support after Friday’s unfortunate event. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers,” Paul said in a message on Twitter.
The incident happened at about 3:21 p.m. CT on Friday when state police troopers were called for a report of an assault at Paul’s residence in Bowling Green. Kentucky State Police initially described his injuries as “minor.”
Paul’s neighbor, 59-year-old Rene Boucher, was arrested and charged with Assault in the 4th degree in connection with Friday’s attack. Details about a possible motive have not been released. “Senator Rand Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault,” his spokeswoman said on Saturday.
Boucher has been released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.
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