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Part of Rand Paul’s Lung Removed As Result of 2017 Assault

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) tweeted Monday morning that he had a portion of his lung removed over the weekend due to the injury sustained when his neighbor attacked him in 2017.

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"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," he explained. "The doctors, nurses, & staff at Vanderbilt University Medical Center were great. I should be able to return to the Senate in September."

Paul’s injuries resulting from that 2017 attack included multiple broken ribs. He underwent surgery in Canada this year for a hernia connected to the assault.

"You know I’ve had a tough year, I’ve been through a lot of physical problems, I had six ribs broken, three of them displaced rubbing on each other for months, I went through horrendous pain. I had pneumonia twice, I had fluid buildup around my lungs. Now I’ve got other problems I have to deal with. So it’s been a hard year, all because of, you know, the violence of somebody," the senator said during an interview last January. 

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Senator Paul’s tweet about his lung surgery comes just one day after Paul’s fellow Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell (R) tripped and fractured his shoulder.

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