Clinton leaves 9/11 service early due to health complications

Jerrica Thomas, Staff Writer

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COLUMBIA, S.C. —- Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, 68, left a 9/11 memorial service early on Sept. 11  because of pneumonia and dehydration, according to Jonathon Martin and Amy Chozick of the New York Times.

Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, Clinton’s physician, confirmed at 5:16 p.m. that the candidate was diagnosed with pneumonia on Sept. 9, according to Meghan Keneally and Liz Kreutz of ABC News.

Politicians, including  presidential candidate Donald Trump, have been questioning Clinton’s health since her days as Secretary of State. In Dec. 2012, she suffered a concussion from fainting in her home, according to Corinne Cathcart of ABC News. Clinton had to wear glasses to cope with double vision for six months to recover.

Martin and Chozick of the New York Times reported in Jan. 2013 that doctors found a blood clot in her head during a doctor’s appointment. She had to stay in a hospital on blood thinners for days, according to Cathcart.

Presidents hiding health complications have been evident in the past. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s polio left him unable to use his legs without leg braces. The press was not typically allowed to photograph Roosevelt in private moments because he was seen using a wheelchair, according to Brian Naylor of NPR.

“I don’t think it will ruin her chances of winning the presidency, but it will make people view her in a different light,” Melissa Polite, senior political science major, said.

Media and politics are questioning Clinton on why she would keep her health complications from the public and for how long? Clinton guarding her privacy has already created a cyclical relationship, which the media perceives as having something to hide, according to Matt Flegeheimer of The New York Times.

“She needs to be upfront and transparent about everything,” Christina Dunn, junior political science major,” said.

Trump revealed the results of a physical examination on the “Dr. Oz Show” on Sept. 15, according to Kate Reilly of Time magazine. If Trump were to be elected, he would be the oldest individual to be president after Ronald Reagan. Oz later made an appearance on the “Today” show discussing his interview with Trump.

“I’m ready to try to help give them some clarity to the health of the candidates,” Oz said.

The Clinton campaign released her medical records on Sept. 14, according to Lisa Hagen of The Hill. A CT scan on Clinton’s cough revealed small right middle-lobe pneumonia in her chest on Sept. 9, as reported by Heidi M. Przybyla of USA Today. Bardack explained Clinton’s seasonal allergies led to her diagnosis of pneumonia.  Clinton was prescribed the antibiotic Levaquin.

Other than the pneumonia case and an ear infection from Jan. 2016, Clinton is healthy enough to serve as president, according to Bardack.


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