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Rand Paul shares medical update: Six broken ribs and buildup of fluid around lungs

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Rand Paul tweets update: Six broken ribs and buildup of fluid around lungs © Provided by The Hill Rand Paul tweets update: Six broken ribs and buildup of fluid around lungs Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) released an update on his medical condition Wednesday via Twitter, writing that a new x-ray found six broken ribs and a buildup of fluid around his lungs.

Paul has been in the hospital since Saturday when he was assaulted by a neighbor. The suspect, 59-year-old Rene Boucher of Bowling Green, was arrested after he allegedly attacked the Kentucky senator while Paul was mowing his lawn.

"I appreciate all of the support from everyone. A medical update: final report indicates six broken ribs & new X-ray shows a pleural effusion," Paul tweeted Wednesday.

The dispute between Paul and his neighbor, who is a Democrat, allegedly arose over yard care and not Paul's politics, according to neighbors who spoke to The New York Times.

"They just couldn't get along. I think it had very little to do with Democrat or Republican politics," said Jim Skaggs, the gated community's developer.

In a statement released Monday, Boucher's attorney called the incident "regrettable" but said it had nothing to do with politics.

"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," said attorney Matthew Baker.

"We sincerely hope that Senator Paul is doing well and that these two gentlemen can get back to being neighbors as quickly as possible."


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