Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) is reportedly still in the hospital as of this past weekend in the wake of a medical incident that he experienced while attending a Democrat Senate retreat this past week.
Joe Calvello, the communications director for Fetterman, expressed in a release this past Thursday that the newly elected senator was given back the results of an MRI at the George Washington University Hospital which allegedly ruled out “a new stroke.”
“He is being monitored with an EEG for signs of seizure – so far there are no signs of seizure, but he is still being monitored,” the statement went on. “We will continue to provide information as it comes in, and we will have more updates as we get them.”
The team for Fetterman stated early last week that he had been rushed to an area hospital in the wake of “feeling lightheaded.”
“Initial tests did not show evidence of a new stroke, but doctors are running more tests and John is remaining overnight for observation,” the statement went on. “He is in good spirits and talking with his staff and family. We will provide more information when we have it.”
This most recent incident takes place after Fetterman suffered a serious stroke while working on the campaign trail this past year. The stroke took place just prior to the primary votes, in which both he and Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz secured their parties’ nominations.
The Editorial Board for the Washington Post slammed Fetterman in an op-ed back in September over the horrid lack of transparency from his campaign in regard to the health issues that he is dealing with in the wake of the stroke.
“Since returning to the campaign trail, Mr. Fetterman has been halting in his performances,” expressed the Editorial board. “He stammers, appears confused and keeps his remarks short. He’s held no news conferences. Mr. Fetterman acknowledges his difficulties with auditory processing, which make it hard for him to respond quickly to what he’s hearing. He receives speech therapy — and we wish him a speedy, full recovery — but the lingering, unanswered questions about his health, underscored by his hesitation to debate, are unsettling.”
The paper also stated that Fetterman’s team was not very credible when speaking about the health of the senator because they refused to be outright with the serious nature of the situation after his stroke.
“The Fetterman campaign squandered credibility by concealing from the public for two days after his stroke that he had been hospitalized,” the op-ed went on. “It waited weeks longer to reveal a more complete picture of his medical history, including that he had been diagnosed in 2017 with cardiomyopathy. Mr. Fetterman had a pacemaker with a defibrillator implanted after the stroke. The campaign’s response to questions about Mr. Fetterman’s health is to point to a doctor’s note, released more than 14 weeks ago, which said ‘he should be able to campaign and serve in the U.S. Senate without a problem’ if he takes his medications and exercises.”
The board concluded that Fetterman pointing to a 4-month-old note from a doctor was “not good enough” and that he “should release his medical records for independent review.”