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Rand Paul really did get hurt this weekend in his altercation with his anaesthesiologist neighbor, while mowing the lawn. He’s got broken ribs and bruised lungs and may not be going back to Washington. Washington Post:

Doug Stafford, Paul’s chief of staff, said in a statement Sunday that the senator has five rib fractures, including three displaced fractures, meaning the bones are partly or completely cracked.

“This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force. It is not clear exactly how soon he will return to work, as the pain is considerable as is the difficulty in getting around, including flying,” Stafford said.

Paul has lung contusions, or bruises, caused by the broken ribs, Stafford said. He could not say whether one lung was bruised or both, but said Paul’s recovery could last several months. Such fractures can cause other significant medical problems, including internal bleeding, damage to other organs or pneumonia.

The next door neighbor, Rene Boucher, is out on $7,500 bail and he’s scheduled to appear in court November 9. He and Rand Paul were known to disagree vehemently about health care and the Republican platform in general, but it’s not known at this time what fomented this particular argument, or caused it to escalate to violence.

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