Clin­ton stum­bles with pneu­mo­nia, can­cels fundrais­ing trip to Cal­i­for­nia

The Myanmar Times - - World -

HIL­LARY Clin­ton was di­ag­nosed with pneu­mo­nia and was de­hy­drated when she sud­denly left a 9/11 me­mo­rial cer­e­mony, her doc­tor said, spark­ing fresh spec­u­la­tion about the Democratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date’s health barely eight weeks from Elec­tion Day.

Her spokesper­son Nick Mer­rill said Ms Clin­ton has can­celled a Cal­i­for­nia cam­paign fundrais­ing trip sched­uled for to­day.

The 68-year-old Ms Clin­ton seemed to buckle and lose her foot­ing at an event at New York’s Ground Zero on Septem­ber 11 and had to be helped to her ve­hi­cle.

This in­ci­dent of­fered Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump a new open­ing to at­tack his White House ri­val with just 15 days be­fore their first high­pres­sure pres­i­den­tial de­bate.

The for­mer sec­re­tary of state spent 90 min­utes at the cer­e­mony in lower Man­hat­tan, greet­ing some rel­a­tives of those killed in the terror strikes 15 years ago, her cam­paign said in a state­ment.

“Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, she felt over­heated so de­parted to go to her daugh­ter’s apart­ment, and is feel­ing much bet­ter,” it added.

Later, the cam­paign re­leased a state­ment from her doc­tor, Lisa Bar­dack, who said that Ms Clin­ton had been di­ag­nosed with pneu­mo­nia and was suf­fer­ing from de­hy­dra­tion.

“She was put on an­tibi­otics, and ad­vised to rest and mod­ify her sched­ule. While at this morn­ing’s event, she be­came over­heated and de­hy­drated. I have just ex­am­ined her and she is now re-hy­drated and re­cov­er­ing nicely,” Dr Bar­dack said.

A video posted on Twit­ter showed Ms Clin­ton ap­pear­ing un­steady as she waited to get into a black van to leave the 9/11 ser­vice.

It was a hu­mid day in New York, with tem­per­a­tures around 82 de­grees Fahren­heit (28 Cel­sius).

Ms Clin­ton ap­peared bet­ter as she walked out of her daugh­ter Chelsea’s home a few hours later, smil­ing and pos­ing for pic­tures with a young girl be­fore de­part­ing for Chap­paqua.

Mr Trump – who also at­tended the 9/11 cer­e­mony – was un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally si­lent on Twit­ter about Ms Clin­ton’s ill­ness, as both took a break from for­mal cam­paign­ing to mark the som­bre day.

But the busi­ness­man, his spokes­peo­ple and sur­ro­gates have pro­moted the idea in re­cent weeks that Ms Clin­ton has se­ri­ous health prob­lems.

The in­ter­net is awash with claims that she may have a brain tu­mor, Parkin­son’s or de­men­tia.

Mr Trump, 70, has said Ms Clin­ton is “not strong enough to be pres­i­dent” and that she “lacks the men­tal and phys­i­cal stamina to take on ISIS” ji­hadists.

The root of the claims lies in 2012, when Ms Clin­ton was near­ing the end of her State Depart­ment ten­ure. A stom­ach virus and de­hy­dra­tion prompted her to faint, caus­ing what her doc­tor said was a con­cus­sion.

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