Tuesday 17 May 2022 10:55 PM PA Senate hopeful John Fetterman gets a PACEMAKER fitted on day of his primary trends now
Leading Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, had a pacemaker installed on Tuesday, the same day as his primary, after suffering a stroke Friday and placing a vote for himself from his hospital bed.
'John Fetterman is about to undergo a standard procedure to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator. It should be a short procedure that will help protect his heart and address the underlying cause of his stroke,' Fetterman's campaign said, explaining that it would regulate his heart rate and rhythm.
The progressive populist is running a highly-publicized race against moderate Democratic House Rep. Conor Lamb and state House Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta.
Earlier Tuesday, a campaign aide released a photo of Fetterman filling out an absentee ballot from Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
He was already expected to miss election day events, with his wife Gisele slated to speak at Tuesday night's election night party.
Pennsylvania's Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who is the leading Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, fills out an absentee ballot on Tuesday after suffering a stroke. His campaign later said he was getting a pacemaker installed on primary election day
Voters in Pennsylvania head to the polls today, where there are competitive Senate primaries on both sides of the aisle to replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey
On Sunday his campaign said he had suffered a stroke.
'On Friday, I wasn’t feeling well, so I went to the hospital to get checked out. I didn’t want to go – I didn’t think I had to – but [his wife Gisele Fetterman] insisted, and as usual, she was right,' Fetterman said in an official campaign statement.
'I hadn't been feeling well, but was so focused on the campaign that I ignored the signs and just kept going. On Friday it finally caught up with me.'
The state official found out he had suffered a stroke caused by a blood clot from his heart.
Doctors completely removed it and were able to reverse the stroke, he said.
'The good news is I'm feeling much better, and the doctors tell me I