Following a rough day, U.S. Senator John Fetterman, who had a stroke in May, was admitted to a hospital in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday night for examinations.
At 11:40 p.m., Fetterman’s communications director Joe Calvello issued a statement in which he alleged that the senator had become “lightheaded” during a Senate Democratic retreat.
Calvello stated that he was picked up by staff and taken to George Washington University Hospital.
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Calvello stated, “Initial testing showed no evidence of a second stroke, but physicians are doing more tests and John is remaining overnight for observation.”
Fetterman, according to Calvello, “is in good spirits and interacting with his staff and family.”
Calvello promised that details would be shared “as soon as they become available.”
In addition to having a defibrillator inserted for an abnormal heart rhythm, Fetterman suffered a stroke on May 13, just four days before the Senate primary. A deterioration of the heart muscle strength, or cardiomyopathy, was what Fetterman’s doctor called it.
Until his event in Erie in early August, Fetterman didn’t do much in the way of campaigning beyond posting on social media.
The campaign of Republican Mehmet Oz began using Fetterman’s lack of campaigning activity as an issue in July and has continued to do so. Oz disclosed all of his medical histories and requested that Fetterman do the same.
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In response, Fetterman disclosed a letter from his doctor in October, who stated that, apart from some difficulties with auditory processing, Fetterman was doing fine and had only needed closed captioning during interviews and the one debate on October 25.