Lt. Gov., the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate is in Pennsylvania. John Fetterman is continuing to withhold medical records despite numerous calls from the national and local media.
Fetterman had a stroke just days before he won the Democrat primary. Since then, he has struggled to speak clearly in public. He has admitted that he had suffered a stroke in May. “auditory processing”Fetterman acknowledged that there are issues. “might miss a word every now and then”Or he “might mush two together.”
It Washington PostThe Editorial Board urged Fetterman earlier in the month to release his medical records. The Wednesday edition of the Pittsburgh Post-GazetteThe Editorial Board also demanded that he release all results from a recent cognitive test.
In order to reassure the public Mr. Fetterman needs to disclose all results from his cognitive testing and any other records. Mr. Oz must also release his medical records.
So far, Mr. Fetterman’s campaign has reported a specific (and normal) score from his July Saint Louis University Mental Status Examination (SLUMS), but has said only that his more recent Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS) test was “in the normal range.” The RBANS test results in distinct scores in five areas: immediate memory, visuospatial/constructional, language, attention and delayed memory. Each category should be highlighted in the campaign.
The next day Post-Gazzette’This article explains that Oz was given a physical by Dr. Rebecca J. Kurth M.D. and the results were released Friday via a letter.
“In summary, Mehmet, you are in overall EXCELLENT health. Your examination is healthy, and the blood tests are all favorable,”Kurth wrote. Kurth reported his blood pressure as being 102/70 and provided a thorough and detailed analysis of the 62-year-old’s health history, including some past lumbar problems, knee cartilage issues, and the removal of a few colonic polyps over the past 11 years. Oz also gave an EKG and polyp pathology results starting in 2011, as well as letters from previous checkups between 2014 and 2018.
“Fetterman did not respond.” pic.twitter.com/1z43Bc4hDs
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) September 23, 2022
Oz released the records Friday night. Fetterman attacked Oz rather than making his records available as the public. Washington Post and Pittsburgh Post Gazette called on him to do.
“Today Dr. Oz confirmed that he does not actually live in Pennsylvania, because no one who does would have a primary care doctor on 5th Avenue in Manhattan,” he began.
“We didn’t need to know Dr. Oz’s bone density. We need to know whether he would vote to ban all abortions after 15 weeks. We need to know whether he would vote to raise the minimum wage. We need to know whether he even plans to stay in Pennsylvania after the election,” he added.
PatheticAnd desperate – your hometown paper AND The Washington Post called on you to release your medical records, John, not me! https://t.co/aQSiKe2Kaq
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) September 23, 2022
“In June, I released a letter from my doctor where he clearly stated that I am fit to serve. Dr. Oz built his entire career by lying to people about health. I trust my actual doctors over the opinion of a charlatan who played one on TV,”Fetterman.
Oz called Fetterman’s comments “desperate and pathetic.”
“[Y]our hometown paper AND The Washington Post called on you to release your medical records, John, not me!”The Republican was also added.
The letter Fetterman referred to was from his cardiologist, who provided a prognosis concerning his heart. Dr. Ramesh Chandra, M.D., FACC, made no explicit reference to Fetterman’s mental and cognitive status. Chandra didn’t say that Fetterman wasn’t. “fit to serve”But he said that he “should be able” to if he follows doctor’s orders.
“The prognosis I can give for John’s heart is this: if he takes his medications, eats healthy, and exercises, he’ll be fine,” wrote Chandra. “If he does what I’ve told him, and I do believe he taking his recovery and health very seriously this time, he should be able to campaign and serve in the U.S. Senate without a problem.”
Fetterman’s campaign did not respond to NBC Philadelphia when asked if he would release his records.
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