LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate for the state’s high-profile U.S. Senate contest, has been released from hospital after a stay of more than a week following a stroke, his wife and campaign said Sunday.
Fetterman, 52, won the Democratic nomination while in hospital, easily beating US Representative Conor Lamb, just hours after undergoing surgery to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator to help him to get back. Fetterman said the stroke was caused by heart disease called atrial fibrillation.
“João come home – time to rest and recuperate (and get bored)!” tweeted his wife, Gisele Fetterman, who was born in Brazil and often refers to her husband with the Portuguese translation of John. “I’m so grateful for the incredible staff at Lancaster General for taking such good care of him 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.”
“I feel fine, but per my doctor’s orders and Gisele’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. rock this seat blue.”
Fetterman had been hospitalized since May 13. He was scheduled to appear that day at a campaign event at Millersville University, but his wife “noticed that John wasn’t himself, and soon after he started blurring the floor. “said a spokesperson for the campaign.
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 “didn’t suffer from any cognitive damage,” he said.
As for the Republican race, it remains too close to be called and is likely heading for a statewide recount to decide the winner of the contest between celebrity turned heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick. The incumbent, Republican Senator Pat Toomey, is retiring after serving two terms.
Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Oz and is increasingly interested in Pennsylvania because it’s one of the most important presidential battlegrounds and voters are split fairly evenly between Democrats and Republicans.
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