Pneumonia causes Hillary Clinton to leave 9/11 event — What does this mean for the presidential candidate?

Mary Rechtoris -  

Hillary Clinton's physician Lisa R. Bardack, MD, said the presidential candidate left a Sept. 11 ceremony after suffering pneumonia symptoms, according to The New York Times.

Here are eight key takeaways:


1. Providers are treating Ms. Clinton for both pneumonia and dehydration after Secret Service agents quickly escorted her into a van midway through a ceremony for the Sept. 11 attacks' 15th anniversary.


2. Although a campaign spokesman initially said Ms. Clinton was 'overheated,' Dr. Bardack examined Ms. Clinton and said she was provided antibiotics following a pneumonia diagnosis. Ms. Clinton also is under instructions to rest and change her schedule accordingly.


3. For months, many Americans and her contender, Donald Trump, have implored Ms. Clinton to release detailed medical records after questions mounted surrounding her coughing bouts. However, Ms. Clinton declined to release her records.


4. An Association of American Physicians and Surgeons survey found of 250 responding physicians, almost 71 percent said concerns over Ms. Clinton's health are  "serious — could be disqualifying for the position of President of the United States."


5. NYT reports some campaign staff members were not aware of Ms. Clinton's pneumonia diagnosis. One aid wrote an email to the full staff on Sept. 11, which included Dr. Bardack's note so everyone would get the "full picture."


6. Following the incident, Republican candidate Donald Trump said he will release his detailed health report and he hopes she gets well. He told Fox News, "They say pneumonia — on Friday but she was coughing very, very badly, a week ago and even before that if you remember. It's very interesting to see what's going on."


7. The public has also speculated about Mr. Trumps' health. His gastroenterologist Harold Bornstein, MD, released a four page letter on Mr. Trump's health saying, "If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency."


8. Dr. Bornstein signed the letter as a member of Lenox Hill Hospital's gastroenterology section, despite not being on staff there. He is affiliated with the hospital. On Aug. 26, 2016, Dr. Bornstein told NBC News that he wrote the letter — which has been widely criticized as unscientific — in five minutes, while a limo sent by Mr. Trump waited outside Dr. Bornstein's office.

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