BREAKING: John Fetterman Taken to Walter Reed Hospital, Second Hospital Visit in One Week

On Thursday, Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) was checked into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for clinical depression. The hospitalization takes place a week after Fetterman was rushed to the hospital after he was lightheaded, with staffers fearing another stroke. 

“Last night, Senator John Fetterman checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to receive treatment for clinical depression,” said Fetterman’s Chief of Staff Adam Jentleson. “While John has experienced depression off and on throughout his life, it only became severe in recent weeks.”

“On Monday, John was evaluated by Dr. Brian P. Monahan, the Attending Physician of the United States Congress,” he continued. “Yesterday, Dr. Monahan recommended inpatient care at Walter Reed. John agreed, and he is receiving treatment on a voluntary basis.”

“After examining John, the doctors at Walter Reed told us that John is getting the care he needs, and will soon be back to himself,” the chief of staff added.

This comes after Fetterman was rushed to the hospital after attending a Democrat Senate retreat with colleagues last Wednesday.

“Towards the end of the Senate Democratic retreat today, Senator John Fetterman began feeling lightheaded,” a statement from Fetterman’s office explained. “He left and called his staff, who picked him up and drove him to The George Washington University Hospital.”


“Initial tests did not show evidence of a new stroke, but doctors are running more tests and John is remaining overnight for observation,” it continued. ”

“He is in good spirits and talking with his staff and family. We will provide more information when we have it,” the statement concluded.

The 53-year-old Fetterman suffered a stroke last year while campaigning against Dr. Mehmet Oz for the Pennsylvania Senate seat. The stroke left many questioning whether Fetterman was fit for office given multiple instances of mental lapses, slurred speech, and the need to use a speech-to-text machine for interviews while campaigning.

With Fetterman now having multiple health episodes, the potential for him to step down is not out of the picture. If the Pennsylvania senator were to resign his post, Gov. Josh Shapiro (D-PA) would have the opportunity to nominate a replacement who will serve till 2024. 

Hopefully, Senator Fetterman does what is best for both his health and the representation of the great people of Pennsylvania.

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