Kelley Paul, the wife of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), revealed Wednesday on CNN that her husband's condition has worsened since the early November attack, which left the senator with several rib fractures and pleural effusion.
What did she say?
In a story for CNN, she wrote that her husband is now suffering from pneumonia as a result of the alleged attack by neighbor Rene Boucher.
In an article titled, "Since the attack, my husband Rand Paul hasn't taken a single breath without pain," Kelley wrote that her husband also "has not had a single night's sleep uninterrupted by long periods of difficult breathing or excruciating coughing."
"There have been several nights where I had my hand on my phone ready to call 911 when his breathing became so labored it was terrifying," she admitted.
Kelley revealed that Rand's return to the Senate was riddled with difficulty.
"Despite [difficulty breathing], he refused to give in to the pain and was determined to fly back to Washington last week to do his job," Kelley wrote. "As we walked through the airport returning from D.C., he was shivering with a 102.5 fever, and the next morning his internist diagnosed pneumonia in his damaged lung."
Did she talk about the alleged attacker?
Kelley Paul wrote that media spin on the attack — painting Rand to be a negligent neighbor or pointing to an "ongoing feud" with Boucher — has only added insult to injury.
"The fact is, neither Rand nor I have spoken to the attacker in 10 years (since before his wife and children moved away) other than a casual wave from the car," Kelley wrote. "Nobody in our family has, nor have we communicated with anyone in his family. With Rand's travel to D.C. in the last seven years, he has rarely seen this man at all."
She added, "The only 'dispute' existed solely in the attacker's troubled mind, until, on a beautiful autumn day, he ran down the hill on our property and slammed his body into Rand's lower back as he stood facing away, wearing noise canceling headphones to protect his ears from the lawnmower."
Kelley was adamant that the attack was not a "scuffle," "fight," or "altercation" — instead it was a "deliberate, blindside attack."
Boucher, 59, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault.