Senator John Fetterman
Fetterman will spend the weekend with his family and return on Monday to D.C. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Fetterman discharged from hospital after “lightheaded” scare

The Pennsylvania U.S. Senator’s team made the announcement on Friday afternoon, Feb. 10.


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Pennsylvania’s newest U.S. Senator John Fetterman was discharged from the hospital on Friday, Feb. 10 after spending two nights there following feeling “lightheaded” at a Democratic Senator retreat in Washington D.C. a day after President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address.

“A few minutes ago, Senator John Fetterman was discharged from The George Washington University Hospital,” his press team announced in a release on Friday afternoon. “In addition to the CT, CTA, and MRI tests ruling out a stroke, his EEG test results came back normal, with no evidence of seizures. John is looking forward to spending some time with his family and returning to the Senate on Monday.”

Fetterman spent two nights in the hospital after the episode of lightheadedness, as doctors performed tests to determine whether he was experiencing another stroke or other medical emergency.

Within the first day, doctors had ruled out another stroke — as also announced on Twitter by Fetterman’s wife, Gisele Fetterman — but kept him overnight again on Thursday to monitor him for seizures. Throughout his hospital stay, Fetterman was also reportedly interacting without difficulty with his family and staff members.

Lightheadedness can be attributed to a number of different ailments, such as dehydration, fatigue and more, but the scare also brought back fears that dogged Fetterman throughout the general election campaign in 2022 versus Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Fetterman suffered a near-fatal stroke days before he won Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senator. Rather than give himself the necessary time to recover, Fetterman dove headfirst into the general election campaign and the public noticed the changes.

To this day, Fetterman still needs transcription to comprehend his conversations on Capitol Hill, and as a recent New York Times piece detailed, his office and every meeting he attends is decked out with the equipment. But it hasn’t stopped the new U.S. Senator in any of his duties, and his fellow colleagues in the Senate seem up for the small adjustments

“We’re going to have to learn our own styles with it,” Senator Amy Klobuchar told the Times. “He answers like you would answer anyone. It’s us that have to get used to it.”

But Fetterman’s condition, and the very public position he holds as a new U.S. Senator, also faces the wrath of a Republican opposition that discriminates against him on his road to recovery.

As the same New York Times piece points out, there have been members of Congress from across the political spectrum that have held office and carried out their duties in the Senate while being physically impaired — from amputees, to blindness and deafness.

Sitting Senators as recent as 2012 have had strokes that required intense physical therapy to even learn how to walk again — that was Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois. It happened two years into his first and only term.

Time will tell whether Fetterman’s stroke lingers for all six of his years in the Senate, but as his team said upon his release, he’s “looking forward” to returning to work on Monday.


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