Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman is ready “for public office” and is recovering well from a stroke in May that nearly cost him his life, according to a new medical report.
The doctor’s update calls for Republican candidate Mehmet Oz and many news outlets to be transparent about Fetterman’s health as voters prepare to make decisions in a high-stakes contest. It was done after repeated requests to increase.
Are there sequelae of stroke?
A letter from Dr. Clifford Chen says Friday’s physical examination of Fetterman was normal, explaining some of the aftereffects of the stroke that sent the Democrat to the hospital days before the Senate primary. .
“He had no cognitive impairment and spoke intelligently,” Chen wrote in the letter. “His speech is normal and continues to show symptoms of auditory processing disorders that may manifest as hearing impairment.”
This condition means that Fetterman sometimes misses words spoken to him, and Chen says that while it may seem like he doesn’t hear them, in reality his brain can’t process them. No. Doctors said Fetterman’s ability to hear music and other sounds was unaffected by the stroke.
Fetterman acknowledges his auditory processing difficulties and has relied on closed captioning in media interviews since his stroke.
The letter stated that Fetterman was exercising regularly, walking up to five miles (5 miles) without problems, and taking medication to prevent heart and stroke.
“Overall, Lieutenant Governor Fetterman is in good spirits and demonstrates a strong commitment to maintaining good fitness and health habits,” Chen wrote.
Speech therapy essential for improvement
Chen also said that the candidate’s communication was “greatly improved” with the help of speech therapy.
“John is already fully ready to serve and he is still getting better every day,” Rebecca Katz, the candidate’s senior adviser, said in a statement Wednesday. It’s not easy to get there, let alone come back after coming out on top in a domestic Senate election, but John has worked hard to get here and it shows. .”
A representative for Oz’s campaign called the medical report “good news” but said it didn’t dispel other concerns about Fetterman. Unpaid tax history Or his work on the state amnesty commission granting pardons to prisoners.
Rachel Tripp, a spokeswoman for the Oz campaign, said, “And now that he’s clearly healthy, he’ll be able to debate for 90 minutes, start taking questions live from voters and reporters, and have a second debate. It is now
There is only one debate scheduled before the election, and Oz has repeatedly pressed pressure to extend the debate from one hour to 90 minutes or add another candidate forum to the schedule. . Republicans also criticized Fetterman for holding the rally without answering questions from attendees and the media.
This article originally appeared in Erie Times-News. Fetterman releases new medical report showing good health