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Sen. John Fetterman checks into hospital for depression


WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvan­ia Democratic Sen. John Fetterman, still recovering from a stroke, has checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to seek treatment for clinical depression, his office said Thursday.

Fetterman, who has struggled with the aftereffec­ts of a stroke he suffered last May, checked himself in Wednesday night, it said.

“While John has experience­d depression off and on throughout his life, it only became severe in recent weeks,” his chief of staff, Adam Jentleson, said in a statement.

Fetterman was evaluated on Monday by the attending physician of Congress, Dr. Brian P. Monahan, who recommende­d inpatient care at Walter Reed, Jentleson said.

“John agreed, and he is receiving treatment on a voluntary basis,” Jentleson said. “After examining John, the doctors at Walter Reed told us that John is getting the care he needs, and will soon be back to himself.”

Fetterman, 53, is in his first weeks as a U.S. senator after winning the seat held by nowretired Republican Pat Toomey in a hard-fought contest against GOP nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Fetterman overcame a stroke days before last May’s primary election and spent the last five months on the campaign trail recovering from the stroke.

Last week, Fetterman stayed two days in George Washington University, checking himself in after becoming lightheade­d. Fetterman’s office has said tests found no evidence of a new stroke or a seizure.

He continues to suffer the aftereffec­ts of the stroke, in particular auditory processing disorder, which can render someone unable to speak fluidly and quickly process spoken conversati­on into meaning.

The stroke nearly killed him, he has said.

Fetterman underwent surgery to implant a pacemaker with a defibrilla­tor to manage two heart conditions, atrial fibrillati­on and cardiomyop­athy, and spent much of the summer recovering and off the campaign trail.

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