Hillary Clinton Stricken with Walking Pneumonia

Clinton Nearly Collapsed at 9/11

On Sunday 9 September Hillary Clinton was filmed struggling to stand after paying her respects at the 9/11 ceremony in New York. She needed assistance to get into her vehicle. Clinton, now 68 years old, had suffered from a cough for a prolonged period. The doctor later diagnosed Clinton with pneumonia.

Clinton cancelled her trip to California, which had been planned for Monday and Tuesday. She had been scheduled to spend two days in the state for fundraisers and the taping of an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

What is Walking Pneumonia?

Clinton’s team say that she is suffering from walking pneumonia; a lung infection that is usually the result of a bacterial microorganism called Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Pneumonia is essentially an infection of the lungs, which causes inflammation in the air sacs and fills them with fluid. Symptoms can include a cough, fever, fatigue, chills and shortness of breath. Even though pneumonia usually calls for hospitalization, this is not the case with walking pneumonia. The name probably comes from the fact most people are not even bedridden, but are often well enough to walk around.

Anyone can contract walking pneumonia, even children. It is however quite contagious. It’s spread when someone comes in contact with droplets from the nose and throat of someone who has it. And, even though the disease is contagious, it spreads slowly. Researchers also think it takes prolonged close contact with an infected person for someone else to develop walking pneumonia. Most people with so-called “walking pneumonia” can recover within a few days.

Clinton is Recovering Well

Her personal physician, Dr Lisa Bardack, 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.” Bardack examined her at her home and announced that she was recovering.