Hillary Clinton diagnosed with pneumonia ahead of 9/11 ceremony, doctor says
Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday, her doctor said in a statement Sunday afternoon just hours after the Democratic nominee abruptly left a 9/11 commemoration ceremony because
“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia,” said Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, Clinton’s doctor. “She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.”
Her campaign did not immediately explain why the Democratic nominee did not reveal the pneumonia diagnosis prior to the Sunday incident, raising questions of transparency.
Clinton attended a ceremony in New York for the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, but departed abruptly when she was not feeling well. Video footage of Clinton’s departure shows her appearing to stumble as she entered her van.
“Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen,” Clinton campaign spokesperson Nick Merrill said in a statement Sunday morning. “During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better.”
Clinton arrived at her daughter’s apartment some time later and departed shortly after for her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., where she was examined by Dr. Bardack.
As the Democratic nominee left Chelsea Clinton’s building Sunday afternoon, one reporter asked if she was feeling better. Clinton responded: “Yes, thank you very much.”
Clinton has a full campaign schedule planned for the upcoming week: she’ll be in California Monday and Tuesday, Nevada on Wednesday and Washington, D.C., on Thursday.