Kelley Paul, the wife of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, broke her silence Wednesday on the attack that left her husband with six broken ribs and a pleural effusion.
“The average person takes 20,000 breaths a day,” Kelley Paul wrote in a CNN op-ed. “Since November 3, my husband, Rand Paul, has not taken a single one without pain. He has not had a single night’s sleep uninterrupted by long periods of difficult breathing or excruciating coughing.”
Kelley Paul said she’s been “distraught” witnessing her husband suffer.
“There have been several nights where I had my hand on my phone ready to call 911 when his breathing became so labored it was terrifying.”
According to The Daily Mail, Paul’s neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked the senator due to a property dispute. Boucher has been unable to sell his home for ten years because Paul’s trees were “in the way.”
Boucher’s attorney described the attack “a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial.”
“The unfortunate occurrence of November 3 has absolutely nothing to do with either’s politics or political agendas,” his attorney said.
However, Kelley Paul said the media has misreported the story. She insists neither she nor her husband has spoken with Boucher in 10 years.
“Nobody in our family has, nor have we communicated with anyone in his family. With Rand’s travel to D.C. in the last seven years, he has rarely seen this man at all,” Kelley Paul wrote.
She said Boucher’s action against her husband had been a “deliberate attack.”
“The only ‘dispute’ existed solely in the attacker’s troubled mind, until, on a beautiful autumn day, he ran down the hill on our property and slammed his body into Rand’s lower back as he stood facing away, wearing noise canceling headphones to protect his ears from the lawnmower,” she wrote.
“This was not a ‘scuffle,’ a ‘fight’ or an ‘altercation,’ as many in the media falsely describe it. It was a deliberate, blindside attack. The impact left Rand with six broken ribs, three displaced, pleural effusion and now pneumonia.”
I appreciate all of the support from everyone. A medical update: final report indicates six broken ribs & new X-ray shows a pleural effusion
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 8, 2017
Following the attack, Doug Stafford, Rand Paul’s chief political strategist, said the senator’s injuries will likely cause “severe pain that can last weeks to months.”
“Displaced rib fractures can lead to life-threatening injuries such as: hemopneumothorax, pneumothorax, pneumonia, internal bleeding, laceration of internal organs and lung contusions. Senator Paul does have lung contusions currently,” Stafford said.
Boucher pled not guilty to a misdemeanor fourth-degree assault following the attack. He faces a 12-month prison sentence and a $500 fine if convicted.