Hillary’s health scare

Christopher Starnawski, Staff writer

Hillary Clinton was spotted struggling while walking and needing assistance to get into her motorcade at the World Trade Center Memorial on Sept. 11.  

Her campaign spokesperson, Nick Merrill, said in a statement to CBS that Clinton felt “overheated and departed to her daughter’s apartment where she was feeling much better.”

Hours later the campaign announced that Clinton had been battling pneumonia. This isn’t the first time a major American political figure has dealt with pneumonia.

Pneumonia is a lung infection, which explains Clinton’s recent coughing fits. Patients dealing with pneumonia typically need six to eight weeks in order to recover.  Other symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, low energy and confusion in adults ages 65 and older according to mayoclinic.org.

In a recent YouGov poll, 46 percent of the participants did not believe that Clinton was suffering from a mild version of pneumonia while 9 percent were uncertain of the explanation provided by her campaign.

Clinton’s press secretary, Brian Fallon, responded to the doubters, “In retrospect, we could have handled it better in providing more information. That’s on us. We regret that.”

“I was concerned at first when I saw her collapse in the video,” said Johnie Baloue, a communications major at NEIU.

“When I found out that she had pneumonia, I felt that she should have been honest and upfront  about it,” he said. “I still think that she can perform well for the rest of the race. She knows the ins and outs of politics and has been heavily involved in the past. I’m still confident that she can make it to November.”

Donald Trump was quick to respond to Clinton’s recent health concerns by appearing on the Dr. Oz show with a personal letter written from his doctor.

The letter said, “We are pleased to disclose all of the test results which show that Mr. Trump is in excellent health, and has the stamina to endure the rigors of a punishing presidential race and, more importantly, the demanding job of the president of the United States.”

Dr. Oz, while reading the letter, noted that Trump’s cholesterol, blood sugar, and testosterone levels were all in good standing.

However an article published on Sept. 15 by The New York Times said, “Until now, Mr. Trump had released only a short note from his doctor, Harold N. Bornstein, that was filled with superlatives but offered no window into his fitness to serve.”

Trump has not provided official proof supporting his “stamina to endure.” According to The New York Times article, Trump’s doctor was recently interviewed by NBC and said that he wrote the note in a matter of five minutes for Trump and even used some of Trump’s own words to write it.    

The topic of health may come up at the upcoming presidential debate which takes place on Sept. 26.