Fears have mounted for Hillary Clinton’s health after she almost collapsed at a commemoration service for 9/11 on Sunday. As a result the presidential candidate has since cancelled an upcoming fundraising trip to California this week, as well as an appearance on Ellen.
Her team initially said that the “medical episode” was down to the heat, but it has since been revealed thats she is actually suffering from pneumonia. In video footage from the event, Clinton can be seen nearly collapsing, with her legs buckling as she made her exit. Members of security then helped her get into a waiting van.
Lisa Bardack, Clinton’s doctor, said: “Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with 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.”
However, the 68-year-old has come under fire from some critics who allege she was being suspiciously secretive about her ill health. In response, Press Secretary Brian Fallon has announced that Clinton will soon be releasing her medical records for clarity on the situation; he also admitted that the campaign team hadn’t dealt with the situation well on Sunday. Despite her already having been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday, the campaign had not answered questions about her exit from th event for 90 minutes.
Fox News journalist Rick Levanthal said: She unexpectedly left early because of what appeared to be a medical episode. I have a law enforcement source who was there, who was 15 feet away form Hillary Clinton. He said she was standing on a curb with her protective detail waiting for her motorcade.
“They were surprised to see her because she wasn’t meant to be leaving yet. When it finally rolled up my source said she stumbled off the curb, appeared to faint, lost one of her shoes, which wound up under the van. The protective detail helped her into the van and the van took off, presumably in the direction of the hospital. They grabbed her shoe, flagged down the rest of the motorcade and this was given to her protective detail.”
The Clinton campaign, who had previosuly stated that the former First Lady had felt “overheated”, have since said that she is now doing “much better”. She was later photographed greeting paparazzi and members of the public, after having a short rest back at the apartment. When questioned, she told onlookers “I feel great! It’s a beautiful day in New York!”.
Meanwhile, Clinton’s opponent Donald Trump has sent her his wishes for a speedy recovery, though he also took the dramatic events as an opportunity to question whether or not she is physically up to the demands of being president. He said in an interview with Fox News: “I hope she gets well soon and gets back on the trail… and we’ll be seeing her at the debates. We have to see what’s wrong. Whatever it is, I’m ready.”