John Fetterman hospitalized for depression, stay expected to last "weeks"

 February 18, 2023

Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. John Fetterman made headlines earlier this month when he went to George Washington University Hospital after feeling lightheaded.

However, Fetterman again sought medical care on Thursday, checking himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he is expected to stay for a period of weeks.

Aides say Fetterman has had difficulty functioning

According to the New York Post, Fetterman is getting treatment for depression, something members of his staff talked to NBC News correspondent Dasha Burns about.

"A senior aide tells me both the staff and Fetterman himself were taken by surprise by the severe onset of depression," Burns said in a tweet.

Words of encouragement for Fetterman quickly appeared on social media, including from New York Democratic Rep. Ritchie Torres, who recalled his own struggle with depression.

Bipartisan support for Fetterman

President Joe Biden spoke up as well, tweeting that he and the first lady were keeping Fetterman and his family in their thoughts.

"John, Gisele – Jill and I are thinking about your family today. Millions of people struggle with depression every day, often in private. Getting the care you need is brave and important. We’re grateful to you for leading by example," the president said on Friday.

Expressions of support were not limited to Democrats, as Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said he hopes that Fetterman "gets the care he needs."

Senator's wife says she is "proud" of her husband

Gisele Barreto Fetterman is the senator's wife, and she put out a statement saying she was "proud" of her husband "for asking for help and getting the care he needs."

Fetterman's health has been an issue since he suffered a stroke last May, something which led critics to question whether he would be fit to serve in the Senate.

Fox News noted that Fetterman at times struggled to remain coherent during his October debate with Republican challenger Mehmet Oz.

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