Gov. McAuliffe in hospital with broken ribs – updated

By Lynn R. Mitchell


I hurt at just the thought of Governor Terry McAuliffe dealing with seven — count them, seven! — broken ribs. Our prayers and thoughts go out to him as he recuperates from this horse riding accident.

Below is the official statement from the Governor’s office:

“While on vacation with his family in Africa, Governor McAuliffe was thrown from a horse, which resulted in seven broken ribs. While the injury did not impair his ability to do his job and his doctors expected the injury to heal on its own, today they identified increased fluid around his lungs that will require a procedure to remove. He is being admitted today and is expected to be back in action after 2-3 days of recovery.”

Updated: On Monday afternoon Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe released the following statement after doctors at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center completed a procedure to drain fluid from Governor Terry McAuliffe’s chest cavity following an accident in which he was thrown from a horse while on vacation in Africa last month:

“My husband is resting comfortably after a successful procedure this afternoon. He and I want to thank the outstanding medical team at VCU Medical Center who just informed us that he is expected to recover well and get back to his full schedule within the next few days.

“We would also like to thank the many well-wishers from all across Virginia who expressed concern and support for Terry as he continues to recover.”

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