Democratic Sen. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania, who checked into the hospital earlier this month to obtain treatment for depression, “remains on a path to recovery” according to a Monday statement from his communications director Joe Calvello.
“We don’t have a lot to update folks with since there’s no real news to report except that John is doing well, working with the wonderful doctors, and remains on a path to recovery,” Calvello said. “He is visiting with staff and family daily, and his staff are keeping him updated on Senate business and news.” Calvello also noted, “As we have said this will be a weeks-long process and while we will be sure to keep folks updated as it progresses, this is all there is to give by way of an update.”
Fetterman, who suffered a stroke in May of 2022 and had a pacemaker with a defibrillator implanted, defeated Republican candidate Mehmet Oz during the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania. Fetterman has been experiencing auditory processing problems in the wake of the stroke.
Earlier this month, Fetterman was taken to George Washington University Hospital after experiencing lightheadedness, but the lawmaker was later discharged — Calvello noted in a statement that “in addition to the CT, CTA, and MRI tests ruling out a stroke, his EEG test results came back normal, with no evidence of seizures.”
But less than a week later, Fetterman checked in to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center due to clinical depression.
The senator’s wife, Gisele Fetterman, tweeted that “when the news dropped, the kids were off from school and media trucks circled our home. I did the first thing I could think of … pack them in the car and drive.”
“We drove straight into … Canada (and lovely Buffalo NY),” she wrote. “We did some scary things but we did them together. We ziplined over Niagara Falls and August got stuck,” she said. “We talked about flexibility and the need to always have an open heart and an open mind,” she noted. “We also talked about how joy and fun can and must still exist, even when someone we love is in pain,” she wrote.
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