Hillary Clinton canceled plans to visit California on Monday and Tuesday and instead will rest at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y. following a medical episode that caused her to stagger and faint Sunday at a 9/11 commemoration ceremony, her campaign said.
The Democratic presidential nominee fell on her way into her van and had to be helped by her security, according to witnesses and video of her leaving. A law enforcement source told Fox News that she “clearly (was) having some type of medical episode.” Clinton’s doctor revealed later that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.
Clinton had planned two days of fundraising and made plans to appear on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show.
Clinton’s campaign released a statement more than an hour after the incident saying the former Secretary of State “felt overheated,” and later Sunday issued another release blaming the episode on pneumonia and dehydration.
“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies,” Dr. Lisa R. Bardack said in the statement. “On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.”
But a witness told Fox News that Clinton stumbled off the curb, her “knees buckled” and she lost a shoe as she was helped into a van during her “unexpected early departure.” The NYPD was sent to retrieve Clinton’s shoe, according to NBC.
The New Jersey resident who took the video, Zdenek Gazda, told Foxnews.com he had been a fireman in the Czech Republic and came to the 9/11 ceremony to pay his respects.
“Everything was fine, everything was good before,” said Gazda, who snapped several shots of Clinton before taking the video. “I take a lot of pictures of her. She looked very nice and everything, and I don’t know what happened to her.”
After Clinton left the ceremony, the reporters following her on the campaign trail were prevented from leaving the media area for a period of time.
Clinton emerged from Chelsea Clinton’s apartment just before noon and said she was “feeling great.”
“It’s a beautiful day in New York,” Clinton yelled to press waiting across the street.
She bent down to take a photo with a young girl and said “thanks everybody” to a nearby crowd cheering her. Asked again about her health, Clinton said she was “great, feeling great” and then got into her van. A spokesperson said she was headed to her house in Chappaqua, where former President Bill Clinton, who did not attend the 9/11 ceremony, was waiting. She was examined by her doctor after arriving in Chappaqua.
“I am glad to learn that Secretary Clinton is already feeling better and I wish her a speedy recovery,” said DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile in a statement. “I look forward to seeing her back out on the campaign trail and continuing on the path to victory.”
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SOURCE: FOX News