Date
25 May 2017
Hillary Clinton leaves her daughter's home in New York on Sunday a few hours after the Democratic presidential candidate abruptly left a 9/11 memorial event after feeling “overheated". Photo: Reuters
Hillary Clinton leaves her daughter's home in New York on Sunday a few hours after the Democratic presidential candidate abruptly left a 9/11 memorial event after feeling “overheated". Photo: Reuters

Clinton to release more details after health scare

Hillary Clinton’s campaign promised Monday to release additional medical details of the Democratic presidential candidate following a health scare over the weekend.

The campaign acknowledged that it may have been too slow in disclosing Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis after the Democratic candidate nearly fainted at a 9/11 memorial event in New York.

“I think that in retrospect we could have handled it better in terms of providing more information more quickly,” Clinton’s press secretary Brian Fallon told MSNBC.

Clinton’s team came under severe criticism for waiting two days to reveal that the 68-year-old candidate had pneumonia, and for failing to disclose for 90 minutes what happened after Clinton exited the weekend memorial event. 

On Sunday, Clinton abruptly left the 9/11 event as she fell ill. Soon a video shot by a witness surfaced online, which showed Clinton struggling to steady herself as she boarded a van. 

Almost five hours after the release of the video, the Clinton campaign released a statement from her physician that said that Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday and that she left the Sunday event as she became “dehydrated and overheated”.

“There’s no other undisclosed condition. The pneumonia is the extent of it,” spokesman Fallon told MSNBC.

Hillary’s husband Bill Clinton, meanwhile, said his wife has had health episodes in the past similar to Sunday’s near collapse, but has worked through them, Reuters reports.

“Rarely, on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing’s happened to her when she got severely dehydrated, and she’s worked like a demon, as you know, as secretary of state, as a senator, and in the year since,” the former president told CBS.

Hilary’s health scare has revived concerns about a tendency toward secrecy that has dogged her run for the White House, and also sparked worries whether she is medically fit to take on one of the world’s most demanding jobs, Reuters noted.

Following the criticism, the Clinton campaign has vowed to release more medical records in the coming days.

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