Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday, according to her doctor, who made the statement Sunday following the Democratic presidential candidate’s collapse at the 9/11 memorial in New York.
Dr. Lisa Bardack, Clinton’s personal doctor since 2001, released a statement through the Clinton campaign which said the former secretary of state had been diagnosed with pneumonia during a follow-up examination regarding her prolonged cough.
Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, M.D., Clinton's doctor, says the Democratic nominee has pneumonia. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/qloLbhjdZy
Clinton has been “advised to rest and modify her schedule,” and was put on antibiotics on Friday, Bardack said. “She is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely,” said the doctor, referring to the earlier explanation of “overheating and dehydration” given for Clinton’s abrupt departure from the 9/11 commemoration event.
The media expressed suspicion over Clinton’s exit from the event after there were accounts that she had stumbled and had to be helped into her car. Video footage later emerged corroborating this. “Secretary Clinton attended the September 11 Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and 30 minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen,” campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said. “During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better.”
The candidate was driven to her daughter Chelsea’s home. She later appeared outside and was driven to her own home in Cappaqua.
Clinton’s diagnosis has already thrown her scheduled campaign appearances into disarray.
An HRC campaign official confirmed to Reuters that Clinton canceled her Monday morning trip to California because of her illness. She was set to appear at events in both San Francisco and Los Angeles on Monday and Tuesday, and at a rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Wednesday.
‘Clinton campaign keeps legitimate health questions hushed’
Clinton’s health became the subject of numerous articles and conspiracies long before the 9/11 episode. Critics have said that the Democratic campaign has failed to be transparent on the subject, adding that this could worsen the impact of the news on the election’s outcome.