Date
27 May 2017
Hillary Clinton leaves her daughter Chelsea's home in New York City on Sunday after she left ceremonies commemorating the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks feeling "overheated". Photo: Reuters
Hillary Clinton leaves her daughter Chelsea's home in New York City on Sunday after she left ceremonies commemorating the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks feeling "overheated". Photo: Reuters

Clinton diagnosed with pneumonia, falls ill at 9/11 memorial

Hillary Clinton’s personal doctor said the Democratic presidential candidate was suffering from pneumonia.

Clinton, 68, fell ill at a Sept. 11 memorial, in an episode that renewed focus on her health less than two months before the general election, Reuters reports.

She was diagnosed on Friday, but her condition only came to light several hours after a video on social media appeared to show her swaying and her knees buckling before she is helped into a motorcade as she left the memorial early Sunday.

Clinton had a medical examination when she got back to her home in Chappaqua, New York, according to a campaign aide.

Her doctor, Lisa Bardack, said in a statement that she has been experiencing a cough related to allergies and that an examination on Friday showed it was pneumonia.

“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,” Bardack said.

It was not yet clear whether Clinton would stick to a hectic schedule that has her traveling to California on Monday for several campaign and fundraising events.

Regardless of how much the illness curtails her campaigning, the diagnosis comes at a crucial time in the White House race against Republican rival Donald Trump.

The first of three debates is on Sept. 26 and the election is on Nov. 8.

Clinton abruptly departed the high-profile, televised event at Ground Zero and was taken to her daughter Chelsea’s home in Manhattan.

She emerged around two hours later on a warm and muggy morning, wearing sunglasses and telling reporters that she was “feeling great”.

Political strategists said the campaign should confront the health issue head-on to allay any concerns, particularly as Republican rival Donald Trump and some of his high-profile supporters have repeatedly argued that she lacked the “stamina” to battle adversaries abroad.

As the solemn ceremony began at the site of the World Trade Center that was attacked by two hijacked airliners 15 years ago, there was patchy sunlight, with temperatures at about 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26.6 Celsius).

But the high humidity early into the ceremony caused it to feel much hotter in the crowd at times.

Clinton wore a high-collared shirt and a dark pant suit and donned sunglasses for the morning event.

Democratic Representative Joe Crowley of New York, a Clinton supporter who attended the event, told Reuters that it was “incredibly, stiflingly hot” during the ceremony.

Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis follows a wave of conservative conspiracy theories that circulated in recent weeks suggesting that Clinton’s coughing was a sign of deeper problems.

Clinton’s speech at a campaign rally earlier this month in Cleveland was interrupted by a coughing spell.

During the speech, she quipped, “Every time I think about Trump I get allergic.” She then resumed her speech.

Trump has also been under pressure to release detailed information on his health and medical history.

Instead, in December, Trump’s doctor wrote in a short letter that was made public that his blood pressure and laboratory results “were astonishingly excellent” and that he would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency”.

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