Clinton has pneumonia, doctor says after incident
An ill Hillary Clinton abruptly left a 9/11 anniversary ceremony on Sunday and needed to be held up by three people before she appeared to stumble off a curb and was helped into a van. Several hours later, her campaign revealed she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Sept 9 and advised to rest.
Less than two months from Election Day, it was an unwanted visual for Clinton as she tries to project the strength and vigor needed for one of the world’s most demanding jobs. Republican rival Donald Trump has spent months questioning Clinton’s health, saying she lacks the stamina to be president.
I’m feeling great. It’s a beautiful day in New York.”
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to reporters on Sunday
In a statement, Clinton’s doctor said the former secretary of state had become overheated and dehydrated at the event in Lower Manhattan. “I have just examined her and she is now rehydrated and recovering nicely,” Dr Lisa R. Bardack said.
The physician said Clinton has had an allergy-related cough and that during a follow-up examination Friday, the candidate was diagnosed with pneumonia, put on antibiotics, advised to rest and modify her schedule.
Clinton’s departure from the event was not witnessed by the reporters who travel with her campaign, and aides provided no information about why she left or her whereabouts for nearly two hours.
Spokesman Nick Merrill eventually said Clinton had gone to her daughter Chelsea’s nearby apartment but refused to say whether the former secretary of state had required medical attention.
Clinton left the apartment on her own shortly before noon. She waved to reporters and said, “I’m feeling great. It’s a beautiful day in New York.”
In the meantime, a video surfaced on Twitter that showed Clinton being held up by aides as a black van pulls up. She stumbles and appears to fall off the curb as she is helped inside.
After leaving her daughter’s, Clinton was driven to her home in Chappaqua, New York, and made no public appearances. She was scheduled to fly to California on Monday morning for fundraising, and it was unclear whether her schedule would change.
Trump, who attended the same event marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, was noticeably restrained. Asked by a reporter about Clinton’s health incident, Trump said, “I don’t know anything.”
The incident compounds an already difficult stretch for Clinton as the presidential race enters its final stretch. Despite Trump’s numerous missteps, the race remains close, and many Americans view Clinton as dishonest and untrustworthy.
On Friday, Clinton told donors that “half” of rival Trump’s supporters are in a “basket of deplorable” — a comment that drew sharp criticism from Republicans. Clinton later said she regretted applying that description to “half” of Trump’s backers, but stuck by her assertion that the GOP nominee has given a platform to “hateful views and voices”.
Now Clinton is sure to face new questions about whether she’s physically fit for the presidency. Trump and his supporters have been hinting at potential health issues for months, questioning Clinton’s stamina when she takes routine days off the campaign trail and reviving questions about a concussion she sustained in December 2012 after fainting. Her doctor attributed that episode to a stomach virus and dehydration.
Clinton’s doctor reported she is fully recovered from the concussion, which led to temporary double vision and discovery of a blood clot in a vein in the space between her brain and skull.
Clinton also has experienced deep vein thrombosis, a clot usually in the leg, and takes the blood thinner Coumadin to prevent new clots.
Clinton spent about 90 minutes at the 9/11 event, standing alongside numerous other dignitaries, including New York’s Democratic senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand.
The weather in New York on Sunday morning was 79 degrees, around 50 percent humidity with a breeze about 9:30 am when it was noticed that Clinton have left the crowded memorial plaza.
Nearly 3,000 people died when terrorists slammed hijacked planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Sept 11, 2001.
Organizers estimated 8,000 people gathered Sunday at the Lower Manhattan spot where the Twin Towers once stood. They listened to the nearly fourhour recitation of the names of those killed.
“It doesn’t get easier. The grief never goes away. You don’t move forward — it always stays with you,” said Tom Acquaviva, who lost his son, Paul.
About 1,000 people gathered for a name-reading observance in Shanksville. At a Pentagon ceremony, President Barack Obama praised military members and others who have helped the US fight terrorism.