Rand Paul says he had part of his lung removed

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Monday part of his lung was removed this weekend following a 2017 attack by his neighbor.

“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,” Paul wrote. “The doctors, nurses, <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>& staff at Vanderbilt University Medical Center were great. I should be able to return to the Senate in September.”/ppPaul a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/31/politics/rand-paul-lawsuit-assault-awarded-damages/index.html” target=”_blank”was attacked at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky/a, by his neighbor Rene Boucher, an anesthesiologist and former colleague of Paul’s, on November 3, 2017, that left the senator with six broken ribs and bruised lungs./ppBoucher a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/09/politics/rene-boucher-rand-paul-guilty-plea/index.html” target=”_blank”pleaded guilty/a in March 2018 to one felony charge of assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury. He was a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/15/politics/rand-paul-attacker-sentence/index.html” target=”_blank”sentenced to 30 days /aalong with a year of supervised release, a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/15/politics/rand-paul-attacker-sentence/index.html” target=”_blank”according to a case manager /awith Kentucky Western District federal court./ppAccording to the plea deal, Boucher said he “had enough” after seeing the senator stack more brush onto a brush pile. In statements to the Kentucky State Police and the FBI, Boucher admitted to running onto Paul’s property and tackling the senator when he wasn’t looking./ppPaul was not the only high-profile Kentucky Republican seeking medical treatment this weekend. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/04/politics/mitch-mcconnell-shoulder-fracture-kentucky-home/index.html” target=”_blank”fractured his shoulder Sunday /aafter falling in his Kentucky home, his office said in a statement./pp”This morning, Leader McConnell tripped at home on his outside patio and suffered a fractured shoulder,” David Popp, McConnell’s communications director, said in a statement. “He has been treated, released, and is working from home in Louisville.”/ppCNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi and Ashley Killough contributed to this report./p