It appears that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) might be facing more severe health complications resulting from the recent attack against him at his Kentucky home.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who was attacked by a neighbor as his mowed his lawn at his home in Kentucky on Friday, provided a medcial update stating that an X-Ray found he had not only six broken ribs, but a pleural effusion as well, according to his Twitter post.
The Senator was attacked last Friday by his neighbor and retired anesthesiologist, Rene Boucher, who charged and tackled him unexpectedly. Police have charged Mr. Boucher, 59, with a misdemeanor count of assault, but were considering elevating the charge to felony assault because of the severity of the injuries.
Mr. Paul tweeted that his situation had deteriorated with the discovery of a pleural effusion. “I appreciate all of the support from everyone. A medical update; final report indicates six broken ribs & new X-ray shows a pleural effusion.”
Often referred to as “water on the lungs,” a pleural effusion is a condition where excess fluid builds up around the lungs – requiring it to be drained either through the use of medication, pleural sclerosis, or surgical treatment.
It’s not clear when Sen. Paul will return to work in Washington, DC. A senior strategist for the Senator, Doug Stafford, said earlier this week that Mr. Paul and his wife “appreciate everyone’s thoughts and well wishes and he will be back fighting for liberty in the Senate soon,” according to CBS News.
Sen. Paul had told the police that his neighbor came onto his property and “tackled him from behind, forcing him to the ground and causing pain.” The Senator had several injuries from the blow, including “small cuts to the nose and mouth area,” as stated in the arrest warrant. Mr. Paul was also suffering pain because of a “potential rib injury.” This injury was eventually diagnosed as multiple broken ribs.
Mr. Boucher’s attorney said in a statement that this entire affair had little to do with politics or anything of that nature. The “unfortunate occurrence of November 3rd has absolutely nothing to do with either’s politics or political agendas. It was a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial.”
Both Sen. Paul, as well as Mr. Boucher, have been next-door neighbors for close to two decades, and have worked together as physicians when they were both practicing.
Although Sen. Paul described the incident as nothing more than an “unfortunate event,” many have speculated that this was part of a landscaping dispute, rather than a politically motivated attack. Some have accused the Libertarian politician as a difficult neighbor at times due to his “strong belief in property rights.”
“I think this is something that has been festering,” said Jim Skaggs, developer of the Rivergreen gated community in Bowling Green, where the two men live. He added that Sen. Paul “was probably the hardest person to encourage to follow the [homeowners association regulations] of anyone out here because he has a strong belief in property rights.”
However, as reported by Breitbart and local KY television stations, numerous neighbors have come forward to say that the claims are false. Travis Creed wrote an email stating, “The stories of a ‘landscaping dispute’, or a dispute of any sort between Rand Paul and Rene Boucher are erroneous and unfounded. The reason for Mr. Boucher’s bizarre attack is known only to him. Statements to the contrary are irresponsible and unnecessary.”
Sen. Paul’s injuries after being attacked at his home are worse than the media has been reporting. Is the media trying to hide the damage done?
Other neighbors–including the current president of the community’s homeowners association (HOA)–have said that in several decades living in Sen. Paul’s neighborhood, they are “unaware of any conflict or complaints” regarding the Paul family, describing the family as “very gracious & friendly,” even adding that the Paul family hosts a family football game that has been an ongoing neighborhood tradition. Another neighbor stated, “Both Rand and Kelley focus importance on community and friendship and their home is warm, loving and the door open to new friends and old. The Paul family should be highly regarded for the kindness they show and how they continue to embrace all those that cross their path.”
The experience of Sen. Paul’s neighbors and HOA spanning several decades clearly contradict what Boucher’s lawyer and the community developer has to say. Regardless of the motivations of this attack, we can only hope that Sen. Paul makes a speedy recovery. Conservatives and Libertarians alike will miss his presence on the Senate floor.