Rand Paul Questions Doctor's Diagnosis of McConnell's Health

 September 7, 2023

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) questioned the diagnosis by Capitol Hill physician Brian Monahan who said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) recent health issues were related to dehydration.

Paul also stated that he thinks most Americans would agree that there is something more happening with McConnell's health.

The comments

When you get dehydrated you don’t have moments where your eyes look in the distance with a vacant look and you’re sort of basically unconscious with your eyes open. That is not a symptom of dehydration,” Paul said.

“The doctor said that they ruled out seizure disorder from an EEG. A normal EEG doesn’t rule out seizures. First of all, 25 percent of people who’ve had a brain injury end up having seizures after their injury,” he added.

A medical mistake?

"Now if you get an EEG and it’s normal, does that mean he doesn’t have a seizure disorder? No, that means that you didn’t find it because he didn’t have a seizure while he was having the test," Paul stated.

"The bottom line is, it is a medical mistake to say that someone doesn’t have a seizure disorder because they have a normal EEG," he continued.

Paul's advice

“You know I’ve practiced medicine for over 20 years, I’ve seen people who are dehydrated. What’s occurring, from what I’ve seen, is a neurological event, it’s not dehydration,” Paul said, WND reported.

“I think my advice would be to be more forthcoming with what’s going on," he added.

McConnell, 81, suffered a "freeze" while speaking to reporters on Aug. 30. It was the second recent time the senator has had the health concern.

The senator also had a fall during which he had a concussion and broke a rib in March that was not disclosed until later. The health issues have led to calls for his retirement or resignation, with some even calling for age limits for lawmakers, with McConnell's issues adding to concerns about other aging members of Congress.

McConnell has been silent on his future plans other than to state he is not stepping down, leaving many questions about the future of the senator and who will lead next in the Republican Party.

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