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 February 15, 2023

John Fetterman's Chief of Staff warns that stroke-related brain damage may be permanent.

According to his chief of staff, Democrat Sen. John Fetterman's brain injury from a near-fatal stroke last spring has likely left him with permanent damage.

His office announced on Friday that he had been released from the hospital after a two-day stay following an episode of dizziness, according to a report by The Conservative Brief.

“A few minutes ago, Senator Fetterman was discharged from the hospital. In addition to the CT, CTA, and MRI tests ruling out a stroke, his EEG test results came back normal, with no evidence of seizures. John is looking forward to returning to the Senate on Monday,” his spokesman Joe Calvello said on Twitter.

The 53-year-old senator began day three in the hospital for what his team described as "lightheadedness," according to The New York Times, and some of those close to him are concerned about his health.

The strains of both the campaign and the job have made his transition from candidate to senator more difficult, according to The New York Times.

He “has had to come to terms with the fact that he may have set himself back permanently by not taking the recommended amount of rest during the campaign," the New York Times reported after Fetterman was hospitalized.

"And he continues to push himself in ways that people close to him worry are detrimental.

“What you’re supposed to do to recover from this is do as little as possible,” Adam Jentleson, Fetterman’s Chief of Staff, told the Times.

But Fetterman “was forced to do as much as possible — he had to get back to the campaign trail. It’s hard to claw that back.”

Even one of his Senate colleagues admitted that a change had to be made: “We’re going to have to learn our own styles with it,” Minnesota Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar said after experimenting with the tablet at a Democratic caucus lunch.

“What I was saying was accurate even when I talked fast. I wanted to make sure it was accurate. It was kind of to imagine what it would be like to be him.”

“He answers like you would answer anyone,” she said. “It’s us that have to get used to it; he’s used to it.”

He has been unable to speak to reporters as he walks from room to room at the Capitol due to his limitations.

“Before the stroke, he was the kind of person who loved the give-and-take with reporters,” his chief of staff said. “The challenge is to be able to get back to that place, given the current limitations.”

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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