What is known about Clin­ton, Trump’s health

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Page Title -

WASH­ING­TON — As she re­cov­ers from pneu­mo­nia, Hil­lary Clin­ton has promised to re­lease more in­for­ma­tion about her health and Don­ald Trump has fol­lowed suit — a shift for both pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates who have so far kept no­tice­ably quiet on the sub­ject.

The pair have been en­gaged in a gru­elling cam­paign for more than a year, and they are among the old­est peo­ple to run for the world’s most pow­er­ful job.

But Clin­ton’s health scare on Sun­day at the 9/11 me­mo­rial cer­e­mony in New York and the dis­clo­sure from her doc­tors that she has pneu­mo­nia, re­minded Amer­i­can vot­ers how lit­tle is known about their can­di­dates’ health. Here is what we know so far: Di­ag­no­sis: pneu­mo­nia Af­ter pub­licly fall­ing ill on Sun­day — Clin­ton, 69 next month, was seen wob­bling as she was helped into a car — the Demo­cratic can­di­date for pres­i­dent ini­tially avoided ques­tions, sim­ply telling the Press she was fine.

The cam­paign did not re­veal her pneu­mo­nia di­ag­no­sis un­til later in the day — fu­elling ac­cu­sa­tions of a cover-up.

Sad­dled with a nasty cough while cam­paign­ing in Cleve­land a few days ear­lier, Clin­ton had joked that she was al­ler­gic to her Repub­li­can ri­val Trump. (She blamed the cough on sea­sonal al­ler­gies.)

The Clin­ton cam­paign promised the new med­i­cal dis­clo­sures would show her only prob­lem is the pneu­mo­nia.

On Mon­day, Clin­ton told CNN by tele­phone that she felt dizzy dur­ing the 9/11 cer­e­mony and lost her bal­ance for a minute, but soon re­cov­ered.

She played down the episode and in­sisted she is much more trans­par­ent on health is­sues than her Repub­li­can op­po­nent.

The only of­fi­cial med­i­cal record made pub­lic on the Demo­crat’s health so far gives a gen­eral over­view.

It is an eight-para­graph let­ter signed by her doc­tor Lisa Bar­dack and dated July 2015. The let­ter said Clin­ton was in ex­cel­lent phys­i­cal con­di­tion.

The doc­tor re­called that in 2012, while she was sec­re­tary of state, a stom­ach virus and de­hy­dra­tion caused Clin­ton to faint, bring­ing on a con­cus­sion.

Doc­tors found a blood clot on the brain. Clin­ton saw dou­ble for a cou­ple of weeks, but later re­ceived an all-clear.

The physi­cian said Clin­ton also suf­fered from sea­sonal al­ler­gies, hy­pothy­roidism, had deep vein throm­bo­sis in 1998 and 2009 and took med­i­ca­tion for the thy­roid con­di­tion and an anti-co­ag­u­lant.

A checkup in 2013 showed com­plete res­o­lu­tion of all the ef­fects of the blood clot and the throm­bo­sis was gone com­pletely, the doc­tor wrote. Trump’s ‘as­ton­ish­ing’ record At age 70, Trump would be the old­est pres­i­dent elected to date. So far he has re­leased only four para­graphs, writ­ten hastily by his doc­tor Harold Born­stein in De­cem­ber 2015, gush­ing about his state of health.

Born­stein said Trump’s blood pres­sure and lab­o­ra­tory test re­sults were “as­ton­ish­ingly ex­cel­lent”.

“If elected, Mr Trump, I can state un­equiv­o­cally, will be the health­i­est in­di­vid­ual ever elected to the pres­i­dency,” Born­stein wrote.

He re­cently dis­closed that he dashed off the para­graphs in five min­utes as a limo waited to de­liver the doc­u­ment to Trump. Fol­low­ing Clin­ton’s pneu­mo­nia, Trump has vowed soon to re­lease “very, very spe­cific num­bers,” from a re­cent check-up.

He was sched­uled to ap­pear on “The Dr Oz Show,” a med­i­cal-themed talk show, on Thurs­day, US me­dia re­ports said.

ere’s a tra­di­tion of Amer­i­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates re­leas­ing health records to re­as­sure the pub­lic that they are phys­i­cally ready to serve in the na­tion’s high­est of­fice.

In per­haps the most strik­ing ex­am­ple, Se­na­tor John McCain, the Repub­li­can can­di­date for pres­i­dent in 2008, in­vited 20 jour­nal­ists to go through 1 173 pages of his med­i­cal records to as­suage con­cerns over his bat­tle with skin can­cer.

With just over 50 days to go un­til the elec­tion, “the more trans­par­ent they are about their health record, the bet­ter it would be”, said Robert Shapiro, a po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist at Columbia Univer­sity.

He said this could be done with­out mak­ing ev­ery­thing pub­lic.

For in­stance, a group of doc­tors could go through the can­di­dates’ records and, with­out pro­vid­ing details, state if they are fit to be pres­i­dent. Or mem­bers of Congress could vet the in­for­ma­tion, he added.

That’s the ques­tion posed by David Lublin, a pro­fes­sor of po­lit­i­cal sci­ence at Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Wash­ing­ton.

“Even in the US, where we have the end­less be­lief in our right to know the per­sonal about our po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates, health at some point be­comes some­what of a limit,” he said.

Should a sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­ease be made pub­lic, for ex­am­ple? Lublin said mi­nor med­i­cal is­sues do not war­rant be­ing made pub­lic, just big ones like can­cer or other ma­jor ill­nesses.

But he ac­knowl­edged the is­sue is im­por­tant, cit­ing the ex­am­ple of Paul Tsongas, a for­mer se­na­tor who sought the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion in 1992.

Tsongas started his cam­paign with­out re­veal­ing that he had been treated in 1987 for a re­cur­rence of non-Hodgkin’s lym­phoma af­ter pre­vi­ously be­ing de­clared can­cer-free.

He died af­ter be­com­ing ill fol­low­ing treat­ments for the can­cer.

“Had he been the nom­i­nee he would have died dur­ing his first term,” Lublin said. — AFP

Hil­lary Clin­ton

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.