After Democrat John Fetterman defeated Dr. Mehmet Oz for the open Pennsylvania senate seat, he has had a series of medical problems.
Despite Fetterman’s difficulties during the campaign, he nevertheless received votes.
Others are hoping that Congressman Fetterman will resign and focus on his recovery, but it does not appear that this is in his plans. The former lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania is set to continue along his current path.
On May 13, 2022, Fetterman was initially taken to the hospital due to an ischemic stroke caused by a clot connected to his abnormal heart rhythm, atrial fibrillation.
The hospital discharged him on May 22, 2022. In a letter dated early June 2022, it was said that Fetterman’s condition was stable and he would recover completely provided he maintained a healthy lifestyle and took his prescriptions.
Fetterman was hospitalized overnight on February 8, 2023, after experiencing dizziness at a Senate retreat. But, according to his office, this stay was unconnected to his stroke, and he was in excellent spirits and conversing with his family and employees.
Fetterman admitted himself to Walter Reed Hospital for mental depression on February 16, 2023. While receiving treatment, he has remained hospitalized, according to Trending Politics News.
It was eventually revealed that Fetterman had hearing difficulties as well. Owing to his difficulties with auditory processing, Senator Fetterman relied heavily on a tablet to record spoken words.
His hearing issues are unpredictable in terms of severity, and they tend to worsen in stressful or new settings. The senator has compared the experience to attempting to interpret the unintelligible speech of the instructor in the “Peanuts” comic strip.
“Post-stroke depression is very, very common. Estimates are somewhere up to a third of patients with stroke will have depression at some point after their stroke,” one doctor said during an interview.
His transition has been “extraordinarily challenging” due to ”strains of his recovery, which left him with a physical impairment and serious mental health challenges,” The Politician Insider reported.
Since having a stroke a year ago, Fetterman has contended with several health challenges, including cognitive ones such as hearing loss.
On February of this year, Fetterman checked himself into the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to “get therapy for severe depression.” Since then, Fetterman has been in the institution. Senator John Fetterman’s Chief of Staff, Adam Jentleson, provided an update on the senator’s health.
On Monday, Jentleson gave an update on Twitter:
“Productive morning with Senator Fetterman at Walter Reed discussing the rail safety legislation, Farm Bill and other Senate business. John is well on his way to recovery and wanted me to say how grateful he is for all the well wishes. He’s laser focused on PA & will be back soon.”
Productive morning with Senator Fetterman at Walter Reed discussing the rail safety legislation, Farm Bill and other Senate business. John is well on his way to recovery and wanted me to say how grateful he is for all the well wishes. He’s laser focused on PA & will be back soon. pic.twitter.com/143uAhoQRx
— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) March 6, 2023
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