Va. governor to spend a second night in the hospital

AP News
Posted: Jan 20, 2015 4:54 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will spend a second night in a Richmond hospital as he recovers from injuries he suffered in a horse-riding accident in Africa, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Doctors have drained approximately 1 liter of blood and other fluids from his chest cavity since he checked into VCU Medical Center on Monday, spokesman Brian Coy said. Doctors continued to drain his chest of fluids on Tuesday, he said.

Otherwise, Coy said, "He sounds great. I think he is full of energy and ready to go back to work."

Coy said the decision, of course, will be up to doctors.

McAuliffe developed the complications after breaking seven ribs around the Christmas holiday in Tanzania during a family trip. He was injured after he was bucked from a horse and was advised the ribs would mend by themselves.

Coy said the Democrat met in the hospital with Cabinet secretaries Tuesday.

"He's calling staff and he's very hopeful he can be released by tomorrow," he said.

Despite the broken ribs, McAuliffe has maintained a busy schedule since his return from Africa. He delivered the State of the Commonwealth last week, greeted Vice President Joe Biden the following day in Norfolk, and returned to that city on Monday for a Martin Luther King Jr. event.

Coy said he wasn't sure how much recovery time McAuliffe would require once he's released.