Senator Rand Paul undergoes surgery for health issues stemming from assault

Posted at 8:53 AM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-05 09:12:21-04

(LEX 18) - — Senator Rand Paul announced via Twitter that he is recovering after having surgery over the weekend.

Paul said that part of his lung damaged by a 2017 assault was removed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Paul's neighbor, Rene Boucher, 60, was sentenced to jail time and one year probation following the attack, which he claimed stemmed from issues with lawn care and his neighbor piling brush on his property.

In his Tweet, Paul announced that he would be limiting his August activities to give himself time to recover.

"Unfortunately, I will have to limit my August activities. Part of my lung damaged by the 2017 assault had to be removed by surgery this weekend. The doctors, nurses, & staff at Vanderbilt University Medical Center were great. I should be able to return to the Senate in September," wrote the Senator.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, also of Kentucky, spent some time in the hospital after falling on his patio and fracturing his shoulder. He was treated at a hospital, released, and is working at home in Louisville.