Rand Paul remains optimistic after lung surgery: ‘I’m getting a little stronger each day’

Nearly two years after Republican Sen. Rand Paul (KY) was brutally assaulted by a neighbor at his Bowling Green home, leaving him with broken six ribs and fractures in three others, the senator was forced to undergo surgery to repair lingering damage.

But the senator is apparently now well on his way to recovery. He revealed in a recent interview that he is “getting a little stronger each day” as he awaits the go-ahead from his doctor to return to work in Washington.

Sen. Paul is “getting better”

Sen. Paul and his wife Kelly spoke with the co-hosts of Fox & Friends on Thursday to discuss his lung surgery and provide an update on how his recovery has been going since the procedure two weeks ago.

Asked why the surgery was necessary in the first place, Paul replied: “I’ve been getting better for a long time but I had worsening pulmonary symptoms and that the X-rays and CT scans were showing that the damaged area of the lung was actually showing up in a larger fashion and growing.”

He went on to say that “the decision was made that the only way to get to the bottom of it, to see exactly what the problem was and to fix it was to remove part of the lung.” According to Paul, the damage appeared to be a chronic infection that had resisted antibiotics, a problem that, hopefully, has now been cured.

“I’m about a week and a half out now,” Paul told Fox of the surgery, “and I’m getting a little stronger each day. I still feel like I’ve been in an auto wreck but I’m getting better.”

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“Who are these people?”

But the interview with Fox wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Paul didn’t hold back from describing the “hatred” he’s faced since he announced the surgery.

“I guess one of the disturbing things, though, is to see there’s still so much hatred out there. We announced that I was having surgery and thousands of people on Twitter swarming to wish me, that I had either died or that someone would assault me again,” Paul recalled.

He went on: “I’m perplexed that this is somehow supposed to be a right-wing phenomenon, but I see thousands of people on Twitter, this left-wing mob that’s wishing that I were dead, and I’m like, who are these people?”

As for when he will return to work, Paul says he should have the clearance to return to Capitol Hill in a matter of weeks.

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