OpEd: Democractic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton kept her promise to attend the 15th anniversiy of 9/11 despite being diagnosed with pneumonia.
It turned out to be a hot and humid New York day, and Clinton left the event after 90 minutes.
Initially reporters were told she was suffering from the excessive heat and humidity, made worse by the fact that she was wearing Kevlar, and left to cool off at her daughter’s nearby apartment.
Later it was disclosed that she had been found to be suffering from pneumonia two days earlier.
Pneumonia is a very common ailment among people over 60 years old, particularly when they have allergies like Clinton.
As in most cases she is being treated with anti-biotics.
It was not clear when she would return to the campaign.
She had been scheduled to fly from New York to San Francisco on Monday, and the next day to Los Angeles.
“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies,” Dr. Lisa R. Bardack said in the statement. “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. 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,”
It was not publicized whether she had earlier been given one of the new pneumonia vaccines, which have proved quite successful.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists pneumonia as the 15th most likely disease to be fatal.
“Pneumonia is still very dangerous, though antibiotics are often effective in treating it. Unfortunately, no such drugs were available for Jackson, Harrison, or Washington,” reports Mental Floss.
Medical sources report pneumonia often shortens the lives of the already serious ill and thus is called “the old man’s friend."
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