Fetterman’s medical report written by doctor who contributed more than $1,300 to his campaign: public records show he received $4,600 of free medical care
A doctor who donated more than $1,300 to his presidential campaign claimed this week that he was forced to leave a New York hospital last month for not wearing a hazmat suit.
Fetterman, a U.S. District Court judge, has insisted he didn’t “go outside” the scope of his medical leave and his campaign defended the move.
Fetterman’s doctor, Dr. John McElhenney, wrote a four-page letter to the hospital that explains his decision after Fetterman was forced to wear a hazmat suit for a second time on July 13 and had to undergo an MRI. The letter described the hospital staff as “rude” and “threatening,” and the decision to force Fetterman to wear the hazmat suit “seemed like a very, very bad idea to me.”
McElhenney wrote that Fetterman was left sick “without medical attention and not able to have any meaningful conversation and work for about six hours.”
He wrote that hospital staff had refused to allow Fetterman to get water or medicine, and the situation “made me very fearful for my health and well-being.”
Fetterman initially claimed to be leaving town on a “family vacation,” but changed the story and said he was simply preparing for his summer vacation.
His spokesperson, Michael Kelley, said he was forced to wear the hazmat suit because the hospital’s security guards “refused to let him use a toilet.”
“Fetterman is not a medical risk and had been wearing the protective equipment and respirator regularly before the incident,” Kelley said in a statement. “The New York Health Department issued a Hazmat Bumper Notice and he did wear the equipment as prescribed.”
The incident comes on the heels