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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe had fluid drained from his chest cavity Monday after breaking seven ribs when he was thrown from a horse while vacationing in Africa last month.

The procedure took place at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. His wife, Dorothy McAuliffe, said the first-term Democratic governor who was elected in November 2013 will be back in action in days.

“My husband is resting comfortably after a successful procedure this afternoon. 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,” Virginia’s first lady said in a statement.

“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,” she said.

The governor also tweeted about his recovery on Monday.

His spokeswoman, Rachel Thomas, said McAuliffe returned from Tanzania on Jan. 2 with seven broken ribs and was “operating in his normal duties” in Virginia until doctors identified Monday “increased fluid around his lungs that require a procedure to remove.”

He delivered his State of the Commonwealth speech last week despite the injuries.

CNN’s Eric Bradner contributed to this report.