PA Senator John Fetterman Hospitalized With Clinical Depression
Despite suffering a stroke in May of last year, Fetterman returned to the campaign trail and was elected to the U.S. Senate in November. Then, two weeks ago, he was admitted to the hospital after feeling “lightheaded.” Today, Fetterman’s been hospitalized again, this time for clinical depression. Via CBS:
Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland on Wednesday night to receive treatment for clinical depression, his office said in a statement.
Adam Jentleson, the senator’s chief of staff, said that Fetterman’s depression, which he has experienced “off and on throughout his life,” became severe in recent weeks.
“On Monday, John was evaluated by Dr. Brian P. Monahan, the Attending Physician of the United States Congress. Yesterday, Dr. Monahan recommended inpatient care at Walter Reed. John agreed, and he is receiving treatment on a voluntary basis,” Jentleson said. “After examining John, the doctors at Walter Reed told us that John is getting the care he needs, and will soon be back to himself.”
It’s good he’s getting the help he needs and will hopefully be adjusted to medication in the coming weeks. If Fetterman were to end up resigning from the Senate, Pennsylvania governor Josh Shapiro (D) would appoint a successor to temporarily serve until the next general election in 2024.