Clinton Health Update: Doctor Says Democrat Is 'Fit to Serve'

Sep 15, 2016 06:01 AM EDT | Irene Cabrera


Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is "recovering well" from her pneumonia and is still "fit to serve" as the President of the United States, her doctor said in a statement released by her campaign team on Wednesday.

The statement revealed details about Clinton's diagnosis for her pneumonia, which she received last Friday. Her illness was inadvertently made public on Sunday during the 9/11 memorial service wherein she was caught on video wobbling as a couple of her aides helped her get into her van.

Lisa Bardack, MD, Clinton's doctor, explained that the Democratic presidential candidate has been regularly seeing her this year for "routine care," going through recurring blood testing Coumadin dosing and adjustments. She also had allergy flares but had responded well to medications.

Back in January, Clinton had symptoms of an ear infection and sinusitis, which were treated with steroids and antibiotics. A myringotomy tube was then placed on her left ear in an attempt to alleviate the symptoms of her ear infection, which helped show significant improvements. A CT scan in March showed that she did not have abnormalities in the brain, and was free of symptoms for the next six months.

"My overall impression is that Mrs. Clinton has remained healthy and has not developed new medical conditions this year other than a sinus and ear infection and her recently diagnosed pneumonia," Bardack said. She added that the president is recuperating well by resting and taking her antibiotics. "She continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as President of the United States."

The statement comes after several media outlets and rivals pounced on Clinton's overall health following her health episode on Sunday, formulating theories as to whether or not the former secretary of state has the stamina to be able to serve as commander in chief of the land.

Lack of transparency regarding her health has prompted her team to disclose more information this week, according to the Associated Press.

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