The Governor remains in a Richmond hospital with 7 broken ribs and a punctured lung that continues to fill with blood. Â [read_more]McAuliffe was injured on December 28th while horseback riding on safari in Tanzania. He was unaware of the broken ribs or punctured lungs until he finally visited a doctor on January 12th, despite the fact that he had been in severe pain, unable to sleep or even lie down, and suffering from labored breathing. A local paramedic in Tanzania told him his ribs were only bruised, not broken, and the Governor continued to believe him until his breathing became very labored. From the Washington Post,
â€œSo I continued on for seven more days of safari out in that Jeep, bouncing up and down hills,â€ he said in an interview with The Washington Post from his room at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. â€œIt was obviously very painful. But you know, listen, I want my kids to have a good vacation.â€He said it helped that as he sat up nights, he read â€œUnbroken,â€ the World War II survival story of Louis Zamperini.
â€œHonestly, thatâ€™s what I thought about at night to keep me going, to try and get the pain out of my mind: If Louis can be subjected to this over there, I can handle a couple bruised ribs. I didnâ€™t know anything. I was in Tanzania.â€
The Governor didn’t know anything about his injuries while he was in Tanzania and waited weeks to see a doctor after his return to Richmond. Â Does this make him a very tough guy or just a very foolish man? Â He will remain at VCU hospital for at least another day.