John Fetterman, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania and Democratic Party candidate for the 2022 U.S. Senate race, left a Lancaster County hospital on Sunday morning after spending more than a week there following a stroke .
Gisele, Fetterman’s wife posted a short video on Twitter of herself and Fetterman leaving Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital on Sunday. Fetterman can be seen giving a thumbs up as he descends a ramp after being released.
“Today I return to Braddock,” Fetterman said in a written statement released by his campaign on Sunday. “After receiving incredible care from the wonderful team at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital, I couldn’t be happier to finally return home to be with my family.”
Fetterman went on to say that he and his family were “overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from people across the Commonwealth”.
Fetterman successfully underwent surgery to implant a pacemaker on Tuesday, the same day he won the Democratic U.S. Senate primary, his campaign said.
Fetterman said he was hospitalized on Friday, May 13 after not feeling well. It would appear that the following Sunday he suffered a stroke and underwent emergency surgery to remove a blood clot at Lancaster General. Tuesday’s pacemaker surgery regulated his heart rate and rhythm and tackled the underlying cause of his stroke, atrial fibrillation (A-fib).
Fetterman said he voted of Lancaster General using an emergency mail-in ballot.
What Republican Fetterman will face in November for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Pat Toomey remained uncertain on Tuesday with Dr. Mehmet Oz and David McCormick in a battle too close to call that looks likely to be heading for a recount.
On Sunday, Fetterman said he “felt great.”
“But per my doctor’s orders and Gisèle’s orders, I will continue to rest and recover,” the 52-year-old said. “Later this week I will have a follow-up visit with my doctors at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital.”
The Wolf administration announced Tuesday night that State Senator Jake Corman would temporarily serve as acting lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania while Fetterman recovers. It’s unclear when Fetterman will return to those duties.
It was also unclear when voters might see Fetterman back on the campaign trail.
“I’m going to take the time I need now to rest and get to 100% so I can go full throttle and flip that blue seat soon,” he said Sunday.
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