Hillary Clinton began experiencing symptoms of what was later diagnosed as a “mild, non-contagious bacterial pneumonia” nine days before the illness forced her to leave a 9/11 memorial ceremony, her doctor wrote in a letter released by her campaign on Wednesday.
The two-page letter from Dr. Lisa Bardack added new details about Clinton’s illness and updated her medical history in the 14 months since the Democrat last provided a summary of her overall health. Bardack wrote that despite her recent setback, Clinton “continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as president of the United States.”
Clinton’s health became a sudden focus of the presidential race after she abruptly left the event commemorating the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York and was later filmed stumbling and being helped into a van by her aides. Her campaign was initially silent on what happened and only later disclosed that Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia two days before the incident. Bardack confirmed that Clinton had apparently ignored her advice to rest over the weekend. She wrote that she has evaluated the Democratic nominee “several times” since September 11 and that she “continues to improve.” Clinton is scheduled to return to the campaign trail Thursday after a three-day absence.