Clin­ton has pneu­mo­nia, doc­tor says af­ter in­ci­dent

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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.

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