Sen. Rand Paul's wife said Wednesday that her husband hasn't taken an easy breath since a "blindside attack" from a neighbor on Nov. 3 left him with six broken ribs and three displaced ribs, and said he now has pneumonia.
"This Thanksgiving weekend, instead of playing golf with his sons or enjoying our annual touch football game with family and neighbors, Rand will be in pain," Kelley Paul wrote in an opinion piece for CNN. "But we will still be grateful for the love of our large and supportive family, and for the encouragement and prayers of hundreds of kind and thoughtful people during these last weeks."
There had been several "terrifying" nights where the senator's breathing became so labored she had her hand on a phone "ready to call 911," Paul recounted.
She also lashed out at the press for "the media's gleeful attempts to blame Rand for it, ridiculing him for everything from mowing his own lawn to composting."
Rene Albert Boucher, an anesthesiologist who has lived next door to the Pauls for 17 years, allegedly tackled the senator while he was moving the couple's lawn earlier in November.
The incident was reportedly prompted by a long-running dispute over leaves and lawn clippings along their shared property line. Boucher has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault.
Sen. Rand Paul returned to Washington, D.C., last week for the first time since the altercation.