John Fetterman, a US senator who was elected in a key midterm campaign in November after suffering a stroke, has been hospitalized with depression, his team said Thursday.
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The 2.05 meter bald behemoth, known for his inseparable hooded sweatshirt, had just returned to duty after a short stay in hospital due to brief dizziness.
“While John has experienced periods of depression throughout his life, it has become increasingly acute in recent weeks,” his chief of staff said in a statement.
He was admitted to a state-of-the-art military hospital on the outskirts of the capital, Washington.
“Following the evaluation of John, the doctors at Walter Reed (Hospital) have informed us that he is receiving the care he needs and that he will soon be himself again,” the statement added.
John Fetterman’s victory in key state Pennsylvania (Northeast) in November symbolized Joe Biden’s party and secured it a Democratic majority in the Senate.
John Fetterman faced Republican Mehmet Oz, who has long been at the helm of a hugely popular medical show.
This campaign was marked by Mr. Fetterman’s stroke in May 2022, which had reduced his public appearances.