Senator Rand Paul is recovering from five broken ribs after being attacked by his neighbor while out doing yard work at his home in Kentucky.
Senior Advisor Doug Stafford told the Associated Press it is unclear how long Paul will be off work due to the “searing pain” he is dealing with, which prevents him from traveling and flying.
In a statement to Fox News, Stafford revealed three of the five broken ribs are displaced fractures which could pose a risk for life-threatening problems and will leave Paul facing months of painful recovery. Stafford said “this type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force.”
Paul’s neighbor, 59-year-old Rene Boucher, was arrested and charged misdemeanor fourth-degree assault. He was released on Saturday on a $7,500 bond.
Senator Paul took to Facebook following the incident, writing, “Kelly and I appreciate the overwhelming support following Friday’s unfortunate event. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.”