Hillary Clinton Cancels West Coast Visit After Collapsing at 9/11 Memorial


Hillary Clinton has called off plans to visit the West Coast on Monday and Tuesday following her ‘medical episode’ at the 9/11 memorial ceremony.

Her doctor revealed that the 68-year-old has pneumonia – hours after a video showed her collapsing into the arms of her Secret Service agents after being rushed from the memorial service at the World Trade Center.

Dr Lisa R Bardack said Sunday evening that Clinton had become overheated and dehydrated at the event in lower Manhattan.

Bardack said Clinton is now ‘recovering nicely’ at her home in Chappaqua, New York.

The Democratic nominee was scheduled to attend fundraisers on Monday and Tuesday in California, and tape an episode of Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show.

Clinton is now holed up in her upstate New York home after a bystander recorded her losing her balance, slumping at the knees and being held up by her aides while waiting to get in a minivan.

Her campaign had earlier blamed ‘overheating’ for the episode – which saw her rushed away from the ceremony at Ground Zero and back to Chelsea’s apartment.

Her press pool was not informed for 90 minutes of her whereabouts or given an explanation for the abrupt departure.

At the time the temperature was around 80 degrees and the humidity was low.

Earlier on Sunday, Bardack said that Clinton ‘has been experiencing a cough related to allergies’.

On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia.

Bardack said Clinton 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.’

Clinton’s collapse adds to growing fears for her health, which began mounting on Labor Day when she broke out in a coughing fit during a speech in Ohio.

It now seems that cough has developed into pneumonia, according to Bardack’s statement.

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Katie Packer, a GOP strategist, told the Los Angeles Times that the incident will increase attention on the health of both Clinton and Trump, 70.

‘This is the kind of thing that voters have a right to understand before they cast a vote,’ she said.

‘But Trump and Hillary are elderly. They are obligated to release full medical records and full tax returns to the American people. And the media, party leaders and American people should settle for nothing less.’

Several party leaders and Clinton backers told POLITICO that she needed to offer a fuller accounting of her health.

‘There will have to be some kind of accounting for this,’ said one former Clinton adviser.

Clinton was already facing calls on Sunday afternoon to release her full medical records.

In the footage, Clinton is seen standing on a curb near the site of the Twin Towers when she suddenly appears unable to stand.

She seems to nearly fall to the ground before she is caught by her aides, who hold her up. Her security detail then had to help her into the van by grabbing each of her arms.

The former Secretary of State then appears to fall forward towards the door of the van before being bundled inside.

Law enforcement sources told the Daily Beast she was thrown into the back seat like a ‘side of beef’.

She appeared to lose a shoe under the vehicle in the struggle before being driven to daughter Chelsea’s apartment in Manhattan.

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Despite the concerning footage, she emerged from the home just over two hours later at 11.45am on Sunday saying she was fine. She told a waiting crowd and reporters: ‘I’m feeling great, it’s a beautiful day in New York.’

A smiling Clinton was then greeted by a young girl on the street to pose for a picture. She waved  at customers at a nearby restaurant before getting into a van.

Clinton then traveled to her home in Chappaqua, New York, according to her campaign.

It is not known whether she saw a doctor.

Nick Merrill, her traveling press secretary, said Clinton ‘overheated’ during the ceremony, but quickly recovered when she returned to Chelsea’s apartment.

She recently said she had been suffering from allergy attacks since Labor Day and had upped her antihistamine dosage.

This article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.