A photo of Pennsylvania’s Democratic Sen. John Fetterman began making the rounds Friday after he was finally seen in public since being admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center five weeks ago which had many wondering just what the heck was going on.
Fetterman was admitted to Walter Reed in mid-February to be treated for depression. It was the second time that month he was hospitalized since he was admitted earlier when he reported feeling lightheaded.
But the second trip to the facility was far more serious as it was soon reported that he was diagnosed with “clinical depression.”
After weeks in the hospital without much news reported on his condition and practically no video or photos of his recovery, photo of Fetterman was released on Friday. But one photo in particular that became prevalent on social media had a lot of people questioning the senator’s actual condition.
Two photos of Fetterman seen side-by-side had some wondering if the senator had been replaced by a body double, as Newsweek reported.
We know something went wrong because, on March 14, his hospital stay was extended another two weeks because doctors needed more time to balance his medications:
Sen. John Fetterman’s health is reportedly improving, but he could remain hospitalized for up to two more weeks as doctors work to get his medication “exactly right.”
The Pennsylvania Democrat checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Feb. 16 for treatment for clinical depression just days after he was hospitalized after feeling lightheaded at a Democratic Party retreat.
“John Fetterman is making progress in his recovery from clinical depression and could leave Walter Reed within next two weeks,” CNN congressional reporter Manu Raju tweeted on Tuesday.
“The senator’s physician recently informed him that he will be ‘as good or better than his best days post-stroke,’” Raju added.
Fetterman’s health struggles began May 13 of last year when he suffered a stroke during the final days of Pennsylvania’s Senate primary campaign.
But it can’t surprise anyone that such a conspiracy theory was so very easy to believe. For much of the last two months, Fetterman’s senate office has been far from transparent on the man’s real health status. The lack of updates caused the state’s Republican Party to call for some sort of proof of life to show that Fetterman might remain able to carry out his duties.
After delivering near radio silence on Fetterman’s health for weeks, the senator’s staff was finally forced to release a photo update about his health, but the proof of life only consisted of a few still photos, and there was no video or audio, so many felt the update was suspect.
And it seems that the photo is a year old and was taken before some of his most recent medical setbacks, it was not taken on Friday.
A tweet by Fetterman’s wife from May of last year shows the senator and his wife in the same clothing as they are wearing in the disputed photo.
João is headed home ❤️ time to rest and recover (and annoy me)!
I’m so grateful for the amazing staff at Lancaster General for taking such good care of him from start to finish. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/cAzFY8ojQe
— Gisele Barreto Fetterman (@giselefetterman) May 22, 2022
And yet, he co-signed some legislation to make railway transportation safer amid the East Palestine, Ohio crash. All this was done while he was hospitalized, so what’s happening with this crew up on the Hill? Someone whom the people of Pennsylvania did not elect has seized the duties and responsibilities of John Fetterman, or they’re abusing him while in hospital, forcing him to sign off on pieces of paper he cannot comprehend.
The extended hospital stay was reported on March 14. He should be discharged this week. We shall see.
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