A senior adviser for Rand Paul said the U.S. senator has been recovering from six broken ribs following an assault at his home.
Doug Stafford said it was unclear when Paul will return to work since he’s in considerable pain and has difficulty getting around, including flying. Stafford said Sunday that the broken ribs included three displaced fractures, which can lead to life-threatening injuries. The severe pain can last for weeks or months.
Initial reports stated Senator Paul suffered five broken ribs; however, on Wednesday, he said his injuries were worse than they originally thought. He suffered six broken ribs, and an X-ray showed a pleural effusion.
Police arrested 59-year-old Rene Boucher on Saturday and charged him with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault with a minor injury. Boucher is accused of attacking Paul on Friday, but officials have not released a motive.
Boucher has lived next door to Paul and his wife, according to Warren County property records.
Boucher was released from jail on Saturday. He has not returned a call seeking comment.