Pennsylvania lieutenant governor John Fetterman announced today that he suffered a stroke while campaigning in Lancaster.
Fetterman said in a press release that “On Friday, I wasn’t feeling well, so I went to the hospital to get checked out. I didn’t want to go – I didn’t think I had to – but Gisele insisted, and as usual, she was right. I hadn’t been feeling well, but was so focused on the campaign that I ignored the signs and just kept going. On Friday it finally caught up with me. I had a stroke that was caused by a clot from my heart being in an A-fib rhythm for too long. Fortunately, Gisele spotted the symptoms and got me to the hospital within minutes. The amazing doctors here were able to quickly and completely remove the clot, reversing the stroke, they got my heart under control as well. It’s a good reminder to listen to your body and be aware of the signs.
“The good news is I’m feeling much better, and the doctors tell me I didn’t suffer any cognitive damage. I’m well on my way to a full recovery. So I have a lot to be thankful for. They’re keeping me here for now for observation, but I should be out of here sometime soon. The doctors have assured me that I’ll be able to get back on the trail, but first I need to take a minute, get some rest, and recover. There’s so much at stake in this race, and I’m going to be ready for the hard fight ahead.”
On Friday, I wasn’t feeling well, so I went to the hospital to get checked out.
I didn’t want to go – I didn’t think I had to – but @giselefetterman insisted, and as usual, she was right.
The good news is I’m feeling much better + I’m well on my way to a full recovery. pic.twitter.com/WQ5X6QgQen
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) May 15, 2022
Fetterman remains in Lancaster General Hospital under observation. It is unclear as to whether he will be released on Monday, Election Day or later.
Fellow PA candidates on the road were quick to send their best wishes.
Praying for John Fetterman after hearing he had a stroke. We want you healthy for our race this fall. Get well soon!
— Kathy Barnette (@Kathy4Truth) May 15, 2022
As I said at the first debate, John Fetterman is an incredible family man. My prayers are with him and his family as he recovers from this stroke. I look forward to seeing him back on the campaign trail soon.
— Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (@malcolmkenyatta) May 15, 2022
My thoughts are with John Fetterman and his family. Praying for a full recovery! https://t.co/wRi99xI5oz
— Carla Sands (@CarlaHSands) May 15, 2022
I have cared for atrial fibrillation patients and witnessed the miracles of modern medicine in the treatment of strokes, so I am thankful that you received care so quickly. My whole family is praying for your speedy recovery. https://t.co/mvQNg40D1V
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) May 15, 2022
Sheryl and I are praying for a full and speedy recovery. https://t.co/CWqEVo0Mdf
— Jeff Bartos (@jeff_bartos) May 15, 2022
I just found out on live TV that Lieutenant Governor Fetterman suffered a stroke. Hayley and I are keeping John and his family in our prayers and wishing him a full and speedy recovery.
— Conor Lamb (@ConorLambPA) May 15, 2022
Glad to hear you’re doing well, John. Wishing you a fast recovery. https://t.co/U3zhfqdiv5
— Dave McCormick (@DaveMcCormickPA) May 15, 2022