Hillary has pneumonia: Clinton's doctor reveals she has a lung infection - hours after her aides blamed the 68-year-old's collapse on 'overheating' when it was caught on video at 9/11 memorial service
- Dr. Lisa R. Bardack released a statement through her campaign team confirming the diagnosis
- Told the presidential candidate to modify her schedule and rest over the next few days
- Came hours after she was rushed from the memorial service after fainting at the World Trade Center site
- Video shows her knees appearing to buckle on the curb before her aides rush to her side to help
- A senior law enforcement official said she was thrown into the back seats like a 'side of beef'
- Nick Merrill, her traveling press secretary, said Clinton 'overheated' as she was taken to Chelsea's home
- Despite the concerning video, she emerged a short time later and said: 'I'm feeling great'
- Temperature was around 80 degrees at Ground Zero during the service
- The latest incident will raise further questions about her health that have been pushed by opponents
Hillary Clinton's doctor has revealed the 68-year-old has pneumonia - hours after video showed her collapsing into the arms of her Secret Service agents after being rushed from the 9/11 memorial service at the World Trade Center.
Dr. Lisa R. Bardack released a statement through her campaign team after she performed a check-up on the presidential candidate at her home in Chappaqua, New York, on Sunday, after the 'medical episode'.
She said: 'Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She 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 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.
Clinton's collapse adds to growing fears for the 68-year-old's 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 Dr Bardack's statement.
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.'
Clinton is due to fly to the West Coast earlier Monday morning, but it is unclear if she will now do so.
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 appears to lose a shoe under the vehicle in the struggle before being driven to daughter Chelsea's apartment in Manhattan.
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.
Clinton suffered two coughing fits this week while on the campaign trail, one while she was speaking publicly in Ohio on Monday and another while she was taking questions from reporters.
Dailymail.com had asked Clinton about her health Thursday pointing to notes released by the FBI as part of the bureau's email investigation that suggested Clinton may have suffered memory loss from the concussion she sustained in 2012.
'Can you clarify what you told the FBI about your concussion?' Dailymail.com had asked the candidate, to which Clinton replied curtly, 'read the reports,' offering no additional explanation.
There are also questions over whether the Secret Service had to adapt to the situation and shied away from standard procedure when they whisked Hillary away from the scene.
A source told the Washington Post that agents are supposed to wait for a car before they take a protected individual away.
In the video, Hillary is seen leaning against a bollard before the motorcade draws up.
They appeared to have rushed her departure, which meant lead agent Todd Madison had to leave her side to open the van door, which is also against protocol.
The Secret Service later denied they had broken protocol.
Today, shortly after 9:30am, the pool reporter covering Clinton at the World Trade Center notified the rest of the press that the Democrat had disappeared from the event with no notice from the campaign.
She had spent about 90 minutes at the memorial.
Her disappearance for more than an hour is questionable as no reporter was allowed to follow her, which according to a report from the Washington Post is, yet again, the Clinton campaign asking everyone to just trust it.
It wasn't until 11am that reporters were told where Clinton went and what had happened, though Fox News had already reported that Clinton had suffered from a 'medical episode.'
Trump said he had 'no idea' what happened when asked about his rival's health after the ceremony.
Trump's campaign did not respond to a request for additional comment from Dailymail.com.
Merrill said in a statement: 'Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen.
'During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter's apartment, and is feeling much better.'
Clinton's press team later updated the statement to remove the word 'just,' stating it was a 'typo.'
Eyewitnesses said that Clinton had to wait a couple of minutes for her motorcade as it wasn't waiting for her when she exited the event.
Fox News reporter Rick Levanthal, who broke the initial story, quoted one person who was standing 15ft away from Clinton who saw her stumble off the curb.
Her 'knees buckled,' Levanthal tweeted, as she lost a shoe during this 'unexpected early departure.'
Her detail retrieved a shoe from underneath the van and helped the former secretary of state inside, according to reports.
The temperature was around 80 degrees at Ground Zero during the service. There was a humidity of 41%.
Clinton was standing in the middle of a crowd of politicians packed together in a small space.
Clinton's pool reporter wrote that she could not see whether the Democratic hopeful was standing in direct sunlight, though noted that there wasn't a lot of shade in the area where the politicians were gathered.
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Clinton had already suspended campaigning on Sunday in a show of support for those who died on 9/11 and those who survived the terror attacks.
Earlier on Sunday she tweeted: 'We'll never forget the horror of September 11, 2001. Today, let's honor the lives and tremendous spirit of the victims and responders.'
Clinton was a senator from New York 15 years ago and did a sit-down interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo about her experience during and after the attacks.
She recalled being evacuated from the Senate office buildings in Washington, D.C. on 9/11 and then heading to New York City alongside her peer, Sen. Chuck Schumer, on Sept. 12.
She visited lower Manhattan on Sept. 12, alongside her Senate peer, Sen. Chuck Schumer, describing what she saw on the ground as 'hell.'
'We saw this curtain of black smoke that was stretched across the island.
'Occasionally it would be broken by a firefighter coming out. I remember one image so indelibly, dragging his ax, and it was as close to a depiction of hell that I have ever personally seen.
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'There weren't that many survivors; the ones that did survive were grievously injured. The loss of life was overwhelming.
'But it was also my job and the job of other officials to get our city and state and country what we needed,' she said.
She noted in the CNN interview that she visited New York City before then-President George W. Bush and played up her role in helping the city get federal funding to rebuild and aiding first responders in getting proper medical care after being exposed to the dirty air coming from the burning remains of the Twin Towers.
Today's health scare, however, will likely bury the effect the CNN interview would have on her poll numbers, which have dipped into being within spitting distance of Trump's in recent days.
Instead, the fainting spell could lend proof to conspiracy theories that Trump's allies have pushed, which suggest Clinton's health is failing.
It was Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, that brought these theories into the mainstream by saying on Fox News Sunday last month that voters should 'go online and put down "Hillary Clinton's illness." Take a look at the videos for yourself,' the Republican instructed.
This came a week after Trump himself had told a crowd that Clinton lacked the 'mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS.'
Clinton's campaign interpreted Trump's words to mean that he was peddling some of the right-wing conspiracy theories going around the internet including that Clinton had suffered a seizure on camera and that she was showing signs of dementia.
Trump's comment prompted the Clinton campaign to address her health and fitness for the first time since releasing a doctor's note a year before.
'While it is dismaying to see the Republican nominee for president push deranged conspiracy theories in a foreign policy speech, it's no longer surprising,' Clinton's communications director Jennifer Palmieri said in a statement.
'Donald Trump is simply parroting lies based on fabricated documents promoted by Roger Stone and his right wing allies,' Palmieri continued.
She then pivoted for a moment to blast Trump for not releasing any of his tax returns to the American public.
'Hillary Clinton has released a detailed medical record showing her to be in excellent health plus her personal tax returns since 1977, while Trump has failed to provide the public with the most basic financial information disclosed by every major candidate in the last 40 years,' she acknowledged.
'It's time for him to stop using shameful distractions to hide his own record,' Palmieri added.
Clinton's people included a new statement from her physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, who had signed off on the Democrat's health in the beginning months of her campaign last year.
'As Secretary Clinton's long time physician, I released a medical statement during the campaign indicating that she is in excellent health,' Bardack wrote last month.
'I have recently been made aware of allegedly "leaked" medical documents regarding Secretary Clinton with my name on them. These documents are false, were not written by me and are not based on any medical facts,' she continued.
'To reiterate what I said in my previous statement, Secretary Clinton is in excellent health and fit to serve as President of the United States,' Bardack said.
In December 2012, Clinton fainted and suffered a concussion after contracting a stomach virus. She later developed a blood clot.
She’s been taking the anticoagulation drug, Coumadin, ever since.
In 2005, she fainted before a scheduled speech in Buffalo, New York, after suffering a similar stomach virus.
Beyond Giuliani and Trump, Clinton's health also became front-and-center when Dr Drew Pinsky said he was 'gravely concerned not just about her health, but her health care.'
'It just seems like she’s getting care from somebody that she met in Arkansas when she was a kid, and you’ve got to wonder. You’ve got to wonder,' Pinsky had said.
Dr Drew's HLN show was canceled several days after he made the comments with no explanation from the network, leading to speculation that the negative remarks were the cause.