Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s personal physician confirmed that she has pneumonia, a diagnosis made two days before she nearly collapsed at a Sept. 11 memorial service in New York City on Sunday.
Clinton’s health came into the spotlight Sunday when she was rushed from ground zero as she appeared to be fainting. Hours later, Dr. Lisa R. Bardack quelled frantic speculation with a statement saying that she is suffering from pneumonia and has been put on antibiotics.
“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related allergies. 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,” Bardack said.
“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.”
A video of Clinton at the 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony shows aides supporting her as she wobbled and stumbled towards the vehicle. She had arrived at the event at 8:19 a.m. and left a little more than an hour later.
Hillary Clinton 9/11 NYC pic.twitter.com/q9YnsjTxss— Zdenek Gazda (@zgazda66) September 11, 2016
An earlier statement from her campaign said that she felt “overheated,” and that she went to her daughter Chelsea Clinton’s downtown Manhattan apartment where she was reported “feeling much better.”
Clinton, 68, the traveled back to her home in Chappaqua where she was examined by her doctor.
The shocking news of Clinton’s condition comes 57 days before the presidential election. Although Clinton's doctor advised her to adjust her campaign schedule, it's unclear whether she will be able to take time out between now and the first debate with Donald Trump on Sept. 26.
Soon after Clinton's near-collapse, #HillarysHealth began to trend on Twitter.
A rumor that the DNC would meet to discuss a “replacement” in light of Clinton’s health was sparked by a tweet from MSNBC reporter David Schuster.
Trump, who has been mocking Clinton’s health on the campaign trail, was also in attendance at the Sept. 11 event at the former World Trade Center site.
Clinton’s cough has been following her on the campaign trail, and at a rally earlier this month in Cleveland she suffered a coughing spell in the middle of speaking.
She joked to the crowd "every time I think about Trump I get allergic."
In December 2012, she suffered a concussion and shortly afterward developed a blood clot.
A letter from Clinton’s doctor in July 2015, said she was in "excellent health" and "fit to serve" in the White House. It listed her current medical conditions include hyperthyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies.
Trump’s health has also been a campaign issue. Republican nominee has faced pressure to provide more detail reports of his physical fitness following his doctor’s note that he would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”