Sen. Fetterman’s Staff Gives Update on Health While Hospitalized

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Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) is “on a path to recovery” after he was admitted to Walter Reed hospital for clinical depression, according to his office in an update issued Monday.

“We don’t have a lot to update folks with since there’s no real news to report except that John is doing well, working with the wonderful doctors, and remains on a path to recovery,” a statement from Fetterman’s office stated. “He is visiting with staff and family daily, and his staff are keeping him updated on Senate business and news.”

“Our team is moving full speed ahead and working tirelessly for the people of Pennsylvania. Just last week we opened a new office in Erie and will be opening several more offices in the coming weeks,” the statement said, adding that his recovery will be a “weeks-long process.”

“We will be sure to keep folks updated as it progresses,” his staff said. “This is all there is to give by way of an update.”

Earlier in February, Fetterman checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to seek treatment for clinical depression, which aides said became more severe in recent days. It came just days after he was hospitalized on Feb. 8 for lightheadedness.

His health has come under intense scrutiny after suffering a stroke last May, while numerous questions emerged about his ability to perform his duties as senator during his debate with Republican Mehmet Oz last year.

During campaign events, many noticed Fetterman’s speech had changed and often slurred or stumbled over his words. After taking office earlier this year, Fetterman has had to rely on closed caption display to assist him, according to the Senate Sergeant at Arms in a recent Time magazine report.

“I am proud of the work our team has done to support Senator Fetterman and am grateful to the many Sergeant at Arms professionals who worked quickly to develop and implement these innovative solutions,” Senate Sergeant at Arms Karen Gibson told the outlet in a statement in early February before Fetterman’s latest health woes.

By Jack Phillips

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