After Hillary Clinton’s near-collapse at the 9/11 memorial last week, speculation been circulating that her personal doctor was with her at the event, with some conspiracy theorists suggesting that it proves the presidential candidate is more sick than she is letting on.
Photos and video footage taken at the event last Sunday show a dark-haired woman constantly at Clinton’s side, who some people have identified as Lisa Bardack; her personal doctor and the one who diagnosed her pneumonia.
The unknown woman was seen whispering into Clinton’s ear at the event, and seemed to be checking the former First Lady’s pulse at one point. She also held onto her hand in a way that some people have claimed could have been part of a neurological test that aims to make sure that the brain is correctly instructing the body and is without any form of damage.
Clinton’s campaign has been criticised for the way it has dealt with the democratic candidate’s ill health; keeping the pneumonia diagnosis a secret for two days and then taking hours to admit the truth in the aftermath of her near-collapse last Sunday. At first her team announced that she simply ‘overheated’, but later admitted that Dr Bardack had in fact diagnosed her condition two days earlier.
The campaign has not commented on whether or not the mystery woman is Dr. Bardack. She is not one of Clinton’s well-known aides, and in fact has not been spotted at an event with her before. She was accompanied by one of Clinton’s regular Secret Service agents and was seen comforting Clinton before she was put into a waiting van.
If Clinton did bring her personal doctor with her to the event is raises questions about the truth about her health, and as a result many people have taken to social media to voice their theories, including that her health is being closely monitored at all times and that she may even be suffering from some kind of neurological damage. There have also been constant rumours that she is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, though there has never been any real evidence to support this theory.
Clinton has had several other health concerns over the years, including blood clots in 1998 and 2009, and another on her brain in 2012, which was the result of concussion after a collapse caused by dehydration. She also collapsed in 2005, which was reportedly down to a GI virus.
Clinton’s presidential opponent Donald Trump has consistently questioned the severity of her health issues as part of his own campaign, though she has always maintained that she is perfectly fit and able to take on the job at the White House if she were to be elected.