Virginia

Va. governor to spend a second night in the hospital

In this image provided by the office of the governor of Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, seated, signs a conditions pardon of Cornelius Latson in his hospital room at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va., Tuesday Jan. 20, 2015. McAuliff is recovering from complications stemming from a horse-riding accident in Africa. Brian Moran, Secretary of Public Safety, top left, Carlos Hopkins, the Governor’s Counselor, top center, and Secretary of Commonwealth Levar Stoney, top right, look on. (AP Photo/Office of Governor of Virginia)

In this image provided by the office of the governor of Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, seated, signs a conditions pardon of Cornelius Latson in his hospital room at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va., Tuesday Jan. 20, 2015. McAuliff is recovering from complications stemming from a horse-riding accident in Africa. Brian Moran, Secretary of Public Safety, top left, Carlos Hopkins, the Governor’s Counselor, top center, and Secretary of Commonwealth Levar Stoney, top right, look on. (AP Photo/Office of Governor of Virginia)

 

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will spend a second night in a Richmond hospital as he recovers from injuries he suffered in a horse-riding accident in Africa, a spokesman said Tuesday,January 20.

Doctors have drained approximately 1 liter of blood and other fluids from his chest cavity since he checked into VCU Medical Center on Monday, spokesman Brian Coy said. Doctors continued to drain his chest of fluids on Tuesday, he said.

Otherwise, Coy said, “He sounds great. I think he is full of energy and ready to go back to work.”

Coy said the decision, of course, will be up to doctors.

McAuliffe developed the complications after breaking seven ribs around the Christmas holiday in Tanzania during a family trip. He was injured after he was bucked from a horse and was advised the ribs would mend by themselves.

Coy said the Democrat met in the hospital with Cabinet secretaries Tuesday.

“He’s calling staff and he’s very hopeful he can be released by tomorrow,” he said.

Despite the broken ribs, McAuliffe has maintained a busy schedule since his return from Africa. He delivered the State of the Commonwealth last week, greeted Vice President Joe Biden the following day in Norfolk, and returned to that city on Monday for a Martin Luther King Jr. event.

Coy said he wasn’t sure how much recovery time McAuliffe would require once he’s released.

 

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