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Fetterman’s doctors confirm he did not suffer a new stroke

By: - February 9, 2023 7:29 pm

Doctors at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. confirmed that Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., did not suffer a stroke Wednesday, according to a statement from the senator’s office late Thursday.

“About an hour ago, Senator John Fetterman received the results of his MRI. According to John’s doctors at The George Washington University Hospital, the results of the MRI, along with the results of all of the other tests the doctors ran, rule out a new stroke,” Fetterman’s communications director, Joe Calvello, said in a statement released at 6:22 p.m. Thursday. “He is being monitored with an EEG for signs of seizure — so far there are no signs of seizure, but he is still being monitored.”

Fetterman’s staff said he felt lightheaded at a Democratic retreat on Wednesday, left the retreat, and called his staff, who took him to the hospital. 

Initial tests had shown no evidence of a new stroke, but the senator remained in the hospital for further observation.

Fetterman, 53, the freshman senator from Pennsylvania, suffered a stroke in May 2022, days before Pennsylvania’s primary election. 

He continues to have lingering auditory processing issues as a result and uses assistive technology to help him conduct interviews. 

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Kim Lyons
Kim Lyons

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