Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was assaulted in his home Friday. Photo: Andrew A. Nelles / AP
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is in much worse shape after his neighbor assaulted him Friday than initial reports suggested. The senator tweeted Wednesday that he has "six broken ribs & new X-ray shows a pleural effusion".
According to Cleveland Clinic, a pleural effusion, also referred to as "water on the lungs," is the build-up of excess fluid around the lungs.