Virginia Governor Hospitalized After Falling From Horse in Africa

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during the official opening of the new I-95 Express Lanes, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at the Express Lanes Operations Center in Alexandria, Va. Top Virginia officials have announced that express toll lanes on Interstate 95 in northern Virginia will open earlier than expected on Dec. 29. The nine new express lanes and 20 converted HOV lanes had been expected to open in early 2015. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)Molly Riley / AP

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was admitted to the hospital Monday for injuries sustained after being thrown from a horse while vacationing in Africa over Christmas, according to his spokesman.

"While the injury did not impair his ability to do his job and his doctors expected the injury to heal on its own, today they identified increased fluid around his lungs that will require a procedure to remove," spokesman Brian Coy said.

The Democratic governor sustained seven broken ribs from the fall, though the injuries did not seem to slow him down in recent weeks. Monday morning he attended an event in Norfolk, Va., honoring Martin Luther King Jr., and last week he delivered a nearly hour-long State of the State address to the Virginia legislature.

He is expected to remain in the hospital for two to three days, Coy said.

-- Andrew Rafferty