John Fetterman’s Doctor Says He’s in Good Health and Has Recovered Well From Stroke

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks during a campaign event at the Steamfitters Technology Center in Harmony, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

By Ashley Adams

October 19, 2022

After suffering a major stroke in May, US Senate candidate John Fetterman released an updated medical report which states he has largely recovered and can return to full-time duty as a public official.

Democratic US Senate candidate John Fetterman has largely recovered from the stroke he suffered in May and was cleared by his doctor to resume “full duty in public office.”

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor released an updated medical report Wednesday after seeing his doctor last week. In the report, Fetterman’s doctor said that he is recovering well from his stroke and that his health has continued to improve. Fetterman suffered his stroke prior to the May primary.

The report also stated that Fetterman “spoke intelligently without cognitive deficits. His speech was normal and he continues to exhibit symptoms of an auditory processing disorder which can come across as hearing difficulty. Occasional words he will ‘miss’ which seems like he doesn’t hear the word but it is actually not processed properly.”

In addition, Fetterman’s doctor said his physical exam was normal and his results from lab testing were also positive.

“Since my stroke five months ago, one of the best parts of this campaign has been the unbelievable number of Pennsylvanians who have shared their own stories with us about the major health problems they’ve faced and overcome in their lives,” Fetterman said in a statement. “It reminds me why I’m fighting to slash health care costs and make it so every Pennsylvanian can spend more time with people they love. Unfortunately for Dr. Oz, I’m ready to serve and continue to get better every single day.”

In August, a top aide for Republican US Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz mocked Fetterman’s diet and health, saying if Fetterman “had ever eaten a vegetable in his life, then maybe he wouldn’t have had a major stroke.” Fetterman responded—along with more than 100 practicing physicians—calling the comments “unhinged” and “irresponsible.”

Fetterman and Oz are set to meet for their only scheduled debate in Harrisburg on Oct. 25.


  • Ashley Adams

    In her 16 years in the communications industry, Ashley Adams has worn many hats, including news reporter, public relations writer, marketing specialist, copy editor and technical writer. Ashley grew up in Berks County and has since returned to her roots to raise her three children.

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