BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- After Sen. Rand Paul was reportedly attacked at his home in Bowling Green on Friday, initial reports described his injuries as 'minor.'
We know this morning that his injuries are much worse.
A top aide to Sen. Paul says the lawmaker suffered five broken ribs and lung injuries, three of which are "displaced fractures" that pose a risk for life-threatening problems.
At the least, officials with Paul's office say he could feel lasting pain for months.
Paul says he has received overwhelming support.
He posted on his Twitter account Sunday that he and his wife were grateful for the support "after Friday's unfortunate incident." Kentucky State Police say Paul had minor injuries. Police arrested 59-year-old Rene Boucher and charged him with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault with a minor injury.
Boucher was taken to the Warren County Jail, where records show he was released on Saturday on a $7,500 bond with a court date scheduled for Thursday. Boucher did not return a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment. It is unclear if he has an attorney.
A spokeswoman for Paul said the senator was "blindsided" by the assault but did not provide more details.