John Fetterman, who previously suffered a stroke during his senatorial campaign against Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz, was hospitalized Wednesday night. After feeling lightheaded at a Senate Democratic retreat, Fetterman’s staff drove him to the George Washington University Hospital. While initial tests did not show evidence of another stroke, doctors continue to monitor him. Fetterman’s health has been questioned by Republicans, as he had visible trouble with motor skills and cognitive function on the campaign trail post-stroke. Additionally, Oz made Fetterman’s health a major focus of his campaign, though Fetterman won with 50.5% of the vote. The Senator’s staff will provide more information on his status when available.
By Lawrence Richard; February 9, 2023
Sen. John Fetterman has been hospitalized overnight following lightheadedness he experienced at a Senate retreat Wednesday.
“Towards the end of the Senate Democratic retreat today, Senator John Fetterman began feeling lightheaded,” a statement from his office read.
The office said Fetterman, D-Pa., was in “good spirits and talking with his staff and family.”
The hospitalization does not appear to be related to his previous stroke, the statement added.
“He left and called his staff, who picked him up and drove him to The George Washington University Hospital. Initial tests did not show evidence of a new stroke, but doctors are running more tests, and John is remaining overnight for observation,” it continued.
“We will provide more information when we have it,” it concluded.
Fetterman, 53, suffered a stroke in 2022 during his senatorial campaign against Republican challenger Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Oz made the Democrat’s health a major focus of the campaign, though Fetterman won the contest with 50.5% of the vote. He received 2.64 million votes to Oz’s 2.46 million.
Fetterman was sworn into office on Jan. 3.
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