Fetterman of Pennsylvania discharged from hospital after stroke

LANCASTER, Pa. — Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate for the state’s top U.S. Senate contest, has been released from hospital after staying more than a week following a stroke, his wife and campaign said Sunday.

“João is going home – time to rest and recuperate (and be bored)! tweeted his wife, Gisele Fetterman, who was born in Brazil and often refers to her husband with the Portuguese translation of John. “I am so grateful to the amazing staff at Lancaster General for looking after him so well from start to finish. »

Fetterman said in a statement that he was returning home to Braddock and “couldn’t be happier to finally return home to be with my family.”

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor and Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman casts his emergency mail-in ballot for the Pennsylvania primary election at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on May 17, 2022.Bobby Maggio via AP

“I feel fine, but according to my doctor’s orders and Gisèle’s orders, I will continue to rest and recover,” he said. “Later this week I will have a follow-up visit with my doctors at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital. I’m going to take the time I need now to rest and get to 100% so I can go full throttle soon and rock that seat blue.

Fetterman, 52, had been at Lancaster General Hospital since May 13. He was scheduled to appear at a campaign event at Millersville University, but his wife “noticed that John wasn’t himself, and soon after he started blurring his speech,” a statement said. said the campaign spokesperson.

Fetterman said in a written statement that he had a stroke “which was caused by a clot from my heart being in an A-fib rhythm for too long,” but doctors were able to remove the clot “reversing stroke”, and got his heart under control. Doctors told him he “did not suffer from any cognitive damage”, he said.

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Fetterman won the Democratic nomination while in hospital, easily beating U.S. Representative Conor Lamb.

The Republican race remains too close to be called and is likely heading for a statewide recount to decide the winner of the contest between heart surgeon-turned-TV celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz and the former CEO of the hedge fund David McCormick. The incumbent, Republican Senator Pat Toomey, is retiring after serving two terms.

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