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In the last two weeks, three Democratic leaders have suffered strokes, resulting in an admission to the hospital.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, suffered a stroke earlier this month while delivering a speech.
CBS News reported that:
Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen has been released from the hospital after he was admitted to George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., for a “minor stroke” just over a week ago.
Van Hollen announced on May 15 that he suffered a stroke while delivering a speech. He said tests revealed he suffered a “minor stroke” and would stay under observation “out of an abundance of caution.” At the time, Van Hollen said he was informed there are “no long-term effects or damage as a result of this incident.”
In addition, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman underwent hospitalization just days before the Democratic Party primary election for U.S. Senate.
The CBS report continued:
Fetterman, the lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania who is running for Senate in that state, suffered a stroke on May 13, days before the state’s primary election. He won the Democratic primary while he was in the hospital and had a pacemaker with a defibrillator implanted. Fetterman, 52, has since been released.
The New York Post added:
On May 17, Fetterman easily defeated Rep. Conor Lamb to win his party’s nomination to run for the seat held by the retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey.
“PA — THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING ME AS YOUR DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR U.S. SENATE IN PENNSYLVANIA!!!!!!!!” Fetterman tweeted after he was declared the winner, adding two crying emojis.
Fetterman will face off against the winner of the hotly contested Republican primary between ex-TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz and ex-hedge fund CEO David McCormick. No winner has yet been declared, and with Oz leading McCormick by approximately 1,000 votes as of Monday, the commonwealth’s secretary of state is expected to order a recount this week.
And now, Josh Stein, the attorney general of North Carolina and one of the state’s most influential Democrats was rushed to the hospital on Monday after experiencing what he describes as a “minor stroke.”
WRAL News reported that “Stein, 55, said on Twitter that the stroke happened Monday night and that he suffers no lingering effects, but his doctor wants him to rest. He said a small blood clot had been removed.”
Last night I had stroke-like symptoms after Anna and I walked our dog Jenny so I went to the hospital. Doctors confirmed that I had a minor stroke and performed a successful procedure to remove a small blood clot.
— Josh Stein (@JoshStein_) May 24, 2022
“I’m feeling back to normal now and am beyond blessed to have no lingering effects,” Stein said in a series of tweets about the incident. “I have a tremendous amount to be thankful for this morning, especially my loving family. Just thinking of them makes my heart swell.”
Stein, a former state senator, is in his second term as attorney general. He is widely expected to run for governor in 2024. He said last week that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
“I’m feeling back to normal now and am beyond blessed to have no lingering effects,” Stein wrote, adding that his doctor has recommended he remain in the hospital for a few more days and then take some time to rest before returning to work.
“Anna is my hero for recognizing that something was wrong and insisting that I go to the hospital,” he said, praising the ambulance crew responsible for bringing him to the hospital.
“I have a tremendous amount to be thankful for this morning, especially my loving family,” he continued.
I also want to thank the EMTs for transporting me and the medical staff for their care. I have a tremendous amount to be thankful for this morning, especially my loving family. Just thinking of them makes my heart swell.
— Josh Stein (@JoshStein_) May 24, 2022
Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted that he talked to Stein on Tuesday and “he’s doing well. Already back at it on the phone and corresponding. Can’t keep a good man down.”
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) May 24, 2022
According to the Associated Press:
Stein, a former state senator, has been considered a potential 2024 gubernatorial candidate to succeed Cooper, who is barred by term limits from running again. By narrow margins, Stein was elected attorney general in 2016 and reelected in 2020.
Stein led the consumer protection division in the Department of Justice when Cooper was attorney general before Stein went into private practice.
Stein announced May 17 that he had tested positive for COVID-19 the day before but said he had no symptoms.
In a statement posted on his Twitter account, Van Hollen said that doctors at George Washington University Hospital have assured him that “there are no long-term effects or damage as a result of this incident.”
Despite his hospitalization, Van Hollen said he plans to return to work in the coming days.
“This weekend, I was admitted to George Washington University Hospital after experiencing lightheadedness and acute neck pain while I was delivering a speech in Western Maryland. At the recommendation of the Attending Physician, I sought medical attention upon my return home,” a statement by him read.
“Earlier today, an angiogram indicated that I had experienced a minor stroke in the form of a small venous tear at the back of my head. Fortunately, I have been informed that there are no long-term effects or damage as a result of this incident, but my doctors have advised that out of an abundance of caution I remain under observation for a few days. I look forward to returning to work in the Senate later this week and thank the medical team for their excellent care,” he added.