(TheRedAlertNews.com) – RED ALERT NEWS: Senator John Fetterman of Pennsylvania has been admitted to a hospital in the Washington D.C. area to receive treatment for clinical depression, according to an announcement made by his office on Thursday.
The announcement was made by Fetterman’s chief of staff, Adam Jentleson, who stated that the Senator had been experiencing depression on and off throughout his life. Still, it had only become severe in recent weeks.
After being examined by the Capitol’s attending physician, Brian Monahan, it was recommended that Fetterman receive inpatient care.
Jentleson went on to say that after being examined at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the doctors informed them that Fetterman was getting the care he needed and would soon be back to himself.
Fetterman’s wife, Gisele, also took to Twitter to express her support, stating that she was proud of him for asking for help and getting the care he needed.
The Senator was taken to George Washington University Hospital on February 8th after feeling lightheaded during a Democratic Party retreat but was released two days later and was back in the Senate by Monday.
Fetterman’s health problems began in May of last year when he suffered a stroke during the closing days of Pennsylvania’s Senate primary campaign.
The stroke left him with hearing and other cognitive issues that he struggled with throughout his general election campaign against Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz.
The New York Times reported that Fetterman sometimes struggles to hear people’s voices clearly, especially when he is stressed or in an unfamiliar situation. To accommodate his condition, Fetterman carries a tablet with closed captioning capabilities, and a closed captioning monitor has been installed at his desk in the Senate chamber. A customized desk at the center dais has also been equipped with the same technology for Fetterman’s use when he presides over Senate proceedings.
If Fetterman’s health problems render him unable to serve, Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro would need to appoint a replacement. A special election would then be held next year to select a candidate to finish the remainder of Fetterman’s term.
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