Senator John Fetterman (D-Pennsylvania) continues to be hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to a statement from his office.
In May, Fetterman, age 53, suffered a stroke. In November, he went on to win election to the Senate.
According to CBS, he was assessed last week by Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician of Congress, and admitted himself for treatment of severe depressive symptoms.
According to Adam Jentleson, the senator’s chief of staff, Fetterman has suffered from depression “sometimes” throughout his life, with the frequency increasing.
“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,” Joe Calvello, a spokesman of Fetterman’s office, said in a statement, according to The Washington Post.
“He is visiting with staff and family daily, and his staff are keeping him updated on Senate business and news,” he added.
“We understand the intense interest in John’s status and especially appreciate the flood of well-wishes,” Calvello stated.
“However, 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,” he added.
Calvello stated that office operations were normal.
“Our team is moving full speed ahead and working tirelessly for the people of Pennsylvania,” Calvello said. “Just last week we opened a new office in Erie and will be opening several more offices in the coming weeks.”
Gisele Fetterman, the senator’s wife, tweeted last week that she escaped to Canada after her husband was hospitalized, but there was no update on her condition.
We drove straight into … Canada (and lovely Buffalo NY) (Pro Tip: always have passports ready just in case you have to run away 😅) We talked about lots of hard things and how we will all have to face hard things. About the need to be gentle … with all and with ourselves. pic.twitter.com/0PWQXHrbqT
— Gisele Barreto Fetterman (@giselefetterman) February 24, 2023
“I am not really sure how to navigate this journey but am figuring it out slowly. 1 week ago today 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,” she wrote Friday.
“We drove straight into … Canada (and lovely Buffalo NY) (Pro Tip: always have passports ready just in case you have to run away ) We talked about lots of hard things and how we will all have to face hard things. About the need to be gentle … with all and with ourselves,” she wrote.
NBC reported a “close senior aide” as saying Fetterman’s hospital stay would likely be extended until physicians were confident they had determined the right dosage for the medication he would be taking.
According to his assistant, Fetterman has been dealing with the changes in his life and questioning his self-worth.