BOWLING GREEN, K.Y. — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is still facing health complications after a former New Bedford man spear-tackled him.

Senator Paul tweeted Monday morning that part of his lung that was damaged in the November 2017 attack had to be removed by surgery over the weekend. Paul revealed that the medical setback would temporarily limit his ability to perform his Senatorial duties.

“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,” Paul tweeted.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul/Twitter.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul/Twitter.

The attack by New Bedford High School Graduate Rene Boucher left Paul with six broken ribs, three fractures, and a difficult road to recovery.

The dispute began over a brush pile that Boucher said was left too close to his property line by Senator Paul. The two men are neighbors in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

In January, the Bowling Green Daily News reported Boucher was ordered to pay more than $500,000 to the politician as the result of a lawsuit. The civil trial lasted three days.

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