Gov. McAuliffe recoving at Richmond hospital after ODU visit

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was admitted to a Richmond hospital a couple hours after he appeared at an event in Norfolk at Old Dominion University. He underwent a successful medical procedure and is recovering.

Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe announced Monday evening that the governor was recovering after VCU Medical Center doctors had drained fluid from his chest cavity.

“My husband is resting comfortably after a successful procedure this afternoon,” Mrs. McAuliffe said. “He and I want to thank the outstanding medical team at VCU Medical Center who just informed us that he is expected to recover well and get back to his full schedule within the next few days. We would also like to thank the many well-wishers from all across Virginia who expressed concern and support for Terry as he continues to recover.”

Gov. McAuliffe was thrown from a horse while vacationing with his family in Africa the last week of December. He broke seven ribs, according to Brian Coy, a spokesman for the governor’s office. Doctors expected the injury to heal on its own, but Monday afternoon, they discovered increased fluid around his lungs.

If the governor is ever unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, an Executive Order Number Four would be issued. However, he is expected to be back to work in a few days.

Monday morning, the governor was at a Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Leaders Breakfast at ODU. During an exclusive one-on-one interview with WAVY News 10’s Andy Fox, the governor gave no hint of feeling poorly. “He was fully engaged, not short of breath, his regular self,” Fox said.

Click here to watch Andy’s full interview with Gov. McAuliffe.

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