Dem Sen. Fetterman’s Staff Releases Update Amid Mental Health Treatment


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Key staff for Pennsylvania Democrat Sen. John Fetterman have released an update on his condition as he continues to receive treatment for clinical depression at Walter Reed Medical Center after suffering a major stroke last year.

According to reports, Fetterman, 53, who had a severe stroke in May but went on to win his election against Trump-backed Dr. Mehmet Oz, was evaluated earlier this month by Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician of Congress, and subsequently checked himself into the hospital for treatment.

According to Adam Jentleson, the senator’s chief of staff who provided an update on Monday about his boss’s condition, Fetterman has suffered from depression “off and on” throughout his life.

“We don’t have a lot to update folks with since there’s no real news to report except that John is doing well, working with the wonderful doctors, and remains on a path to recovery,” Joe Calvello said in a statement, according to The Washington Post.


“He is visiting with staff and family daily, and his staff are keeping him updated on Senate business and news,” he said. “We understand the intense interest in John’s status and especially appreciate the flood of well-wishes.”

“However, as we have said this will be a weeks-long process and while we will be sure to keep folks updated as it progresses, this is all there is to give by way of an update,” he noted further, adding that the office continues to work as normal on the senator’s business.

“Our team is moving full speed ahead and working tirelessly for the people of Pennsylvania,” Calvello said. “Just last week we opened a new office in Erie and will be opening several more offices in the coming weeks.”

But he did not provide any update on Fetterman’s wife, Gisele, who fled the country with the couple’s children shortly after he checked into the hospital.

Gisele Fetterman, who lived in the U.S. illegally for at least a decade, revealed that she took her family to vacation in Canada after her husband was admitted, The Daily Wire reported.

“I am not really sure how to navigate this journey but am figuring it out slowly,” she said. “1 week ago today when the news dropped, the kids were off from school and media trucks circled our home. I did the first thing I could think of … pack them in the car and drive.”

She added: “We drove straight into … Canada (and lovely Buffalo NY) (Pro Tip: always have passports ready just in case you have to run away) We talked about lots of hard things and how we will all have to face hard things. About the need to be gentle … with all and with ourselves.”

We did some scary things but we did them together. We ziplined over Niagara Falls and August got stuck. We talked about flexibility and the need to always have an open heart and an open mind,” she added in a tweet that included a short video clip and a photo of her and the couple’s kids.

She was blasted on social media after her post. Defense of Freedom Institute spokeswoman Angela Morabito wrote on Twitter, “She abandoned her husband in the hospital, took her kids to another country, and wants you to believe she’s inspirational.”

Michael Duncan of the Cavalry public affairs firm tweeted, “In any good prenup this behavior would immediately annul the marriage. I still can’t believe [the tweet is] real, this is textbook malignant narcissist behavior.”

Noted Seattle-based conservative radio host Jason Rantz: “Sen. John Fetterman’s (D-PA) wife brags about abandoning her husband in the hospital and fleeing the country on vacation while he battles severe depression.”

Earlier this month, NBC News reporter Dasha Burns noted that senior aides to Sen. Fetterman indicated that “it’s been difficult to distinguish the stroke from the depression – saying it’s hard to tell at times if Fetterman is ‘not hearing you, or is he sort of crippled by his depression and social anxiety.’”

“A senior aide tells me both the staff and Fetterman himself were taken by surprise by the severe onset of depression,” she noted. “The aide also says this hasn’t compromised his ability to do the job going forward, and he will be back to work once he has taken care of his mental health.”


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