Hillary Clinton’s doctor now says the 68-year-old Democratic presidential candidate is suffering from pneumonia, and was diagnosed with that condition on Friday.
The diagnosis by Dr. Lisa R. Bardack came hours after video showed Mrs. Clinton plunging into the arms of her Secret Service agents after having been rushed away from the 9/11 memorial service at the World Trade Center in New York City.
Slow-motion video of Hillary fainting:
Bardack says she examined Clinton at her home in Chappaqua, New York, releasing the following statement:
“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.”
A law-enforcement source said Clinton appeared to faint as she entered her van and was helped by her security convoy.
Fox cited a witness who said Clinton stumbled off the curb while her “knees buckled” and also lost a shoe while being helped into the van.
Clinton left the ceremony after feeling “overheated,” her campaign initially said, according to the New York Daily News. It was 84 degrees in Manhattan during the incident.
A senior law-enforcement official told the Daily Beast that Clinton looked pale when she arrived at the ceremony.
A video analyst who studied the slow-motion footage of Clinton’s medical episode for WND noted numerous facts:
- A woman holds or braces Hillary’s upper left arm.
- Hillary also uses a barricade pole behind her for support.
- Hillary is only approximately 2 to 3 feet away from the curb.
- When the van pulls up, its front wheels are turned for quick departure.
- As Hillary makes her way to the van, she buckles at the knees.
- The woman holding her arm must suddenly prop up Hillary, bearing Hillary’s weight.
- The woman herself responds to Hillary’s body weight as it buckles.
- Hillary’s upper body appears to fall slightly backwards while her upper body gyrates.
- Hillary is not a stumbling over the curb. Her body is about to drop where she stands.
- As the man on her right goes to help, a small object, possibly her shoe, appears to drop from her right pant leg onto the curb.
- To prevent her fall, two men grab her, attempting to hold her now dead body weight.
- They must carry her into the van, her right foot dragging across the pavement.
Both Clinton and GOP nominee Donald Trump made appearances at the ceremony.
“We’ll never forget the horror of September 11, 2001,” Clinton said briefly. “Let’s honor the lives and tremendous spirit of the victims and responders.”
Clinton was about 20 feet away from Trump, listening to the reading of the names lost in the terror attacks just before 9 a.m. Eastern. Shortly before 9:37 a.m. – the time marked for a moment of silence – Clinton was seen leaving the ceremony with her press corps in tow. Clinton was leaving through a back entrance, quietly.
According to one report, her U.S. Secret Service protective detail actually had to help carry her into her car. One witness told Fox News Clinton’s “knees buckled” as she stumbled off the curb and lost a shoe when she fainted.
“They threw her in like she was a side of beef,” a top law-enforcement official told the Daily Beast.
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One person who watched the video of the event told WND: “Notice how all the Secret Service agents immediately surround Hillary to shield her from public view. Most are not involved in trying to help her up or preparing to administer medical care. They’re blocking people from seeing her, looking around to see if anyone witnessed her collapse. This health event doesn’t appear to be much of a surprise to those agents.”
Rick Levanthal of Fox News 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 from 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.”
Levanthal added: “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.
“It’s not terribly hot today. It was certainly warm at the scene. But again, Hillary Clinton, who my source was 15 feet away from, said she appeared to be having some sort of medical episode.”
Nick Merrill, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign, issued a statement that Hillary was “overheated” and “departed” to head to her daughter Chelsea Clinton’s nearby apartment, according to CBS News.
“Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen,” Merrill said. “During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better.”
Mrs. Clinton was seen at midday walking unassisted for the cameras outside Chelsea’s apartment. CNN reported the candidate is headed to her home in Chappaqua, New York. The Democrat does not have any campaign rallies scheduled until Wednesday, Sept. 14th.
CNN political contributor Bakari Sellers asked: “Does she need to provide more [medical records]? That is a legitimate question to ask.”
Only last week, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza said questions about Hillary’s health were absurd, but the columnist pulled a complete reversal after Sunday’s apparent fainting.
“Coughing, I wrote, is simply not evidence enough of any sort of major illness that Clinton is assumed to be hiding. Neither, of course, is feeling ‘overheated.’ But those two things happening within six days of each other to a candidate who is 68 years old makes talk of Clinton’s health no longer just the stuff of conspiracy theorists,” Cillizza wrote on Sunday.
“Whereas Clinton and her campaign could laugh off questions about her health before today, the ‘overheating’ episode makes it almost impossible for them to do so. Not only has it come at a time when there was growing chatter — with very little evidence — that her health was a problem but it also happened at a 9/11 memorial event — an incredibly high-profile moment with lots and lots of cameras and reporters around.
“Her campaign may well try to dismiss this story as nothing more than an isolated incident, meaning nothing. (Democrats were already pushing the story of George W. Bush fainting in 2002 after choking on a pretzel, via Twitter.)
“But the issue is that Clinton kept reporters totally in the dark for 90 minutes after her abrupt departure from the 9/11 memorial service for a health-related matter. No reporter was allowed to follow her. (Clinton has resisted a protective pool for coverage because Donald Trump refuses to participate in one.) This is, yet again, the Clinton campaign asking everyone to just trust it. She got overheated! But she’s fine now!”
During her brief visit to the 9/11 ceremony, Mrs. Clinton was accompanied by her “mystery handler,” an African-American man whom some have speculated may be a Secret Service agent with medical training to prevent or deal with any health episodes, as WND reported.
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Secret Service agents are, in fact, trained in “emergency medicine,” according to the agency’s website.
Author Henry Holden explains in his book, “To Be A Secret Service Agent”: “Johns Hopkins (medical) University liasons are at the Secret Service’s Beltsville training location, where agents complete initial medical training and later recertification. Hopkins supports first-responder training for all personnel and advanced training (to the emergency medical technician or paramedic level) for selected agents.”
The Washington Post’s David Weigel identified the “mystery man” as Secret Service Assistant Special Agent in Charge Todd Madison.
WND’s messages to both the Hillary Clinton campaign and the U.S. Secret Service inquiring about the man’s identity hadn’t been returned at the time of this report.