Capitol Hill Doctor Clears the Air: McConnell’s Freeze on Camera Unrelated to Seizure or Stroke


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell shows “no evidence” of seizure disorder or Parkinson’s disease during the two episodes of freezing the physician who was in charge of Congress declared Tuesday.

“There is no evidence that you have a seizure disorder or that you experienced a stroke, TIA or movement disorder such as Parkinson’s disease,” Dr. Brian Monahan wrote in an email to McConnell which was made public and used the abbreviation of transient ischemic attacks, which is also known as mini-stroke.

Monahan added that McConnell was a victim of an MRI of the brain MRI and an EEG study, which detects any abnormalities in the electrical brain activityand consultations with various neurologists.

McConnell suffered a second chilly episode in public this week, while responding to the questions of reporters from Kentucky. The latest episode occurred one month after McConnell was unable to speak during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol.

The events have led to increasing questions about McConnell’s health. McConnell was hit with a concussion back in March following a fall in an Washington hotel, and was admitted to the hospital for a few days. He was then treated in an inpatient rehabilitation center after which he returned in the Senate.

Following the incident of last week the spokesperson for McConnell claimed that the reporter felt “momentarily lightheaded and paused” during the news conference. Similar explanations were offered following the initial incident.

“I know Sen. McConnell wants to be more transparent about this,” Republican Sen. John Cornyn told reporters Tuesday. “I’m glad that they were able to rule out some of the things that people had speculated might have happened.”

However, not all Republicans believed in the diagnosis. Senator. Rand Paul, a medical professional, said that blaming the condition due to dehydration is “an inadequate explanation.”

“I practiced medicine for 25 years and it doesn’t look like dehydration,” Paul Tuesday said. Paul Tuesday in a statement, noting that he does not have any information about McConnell’s medical history. “To me, it looks like a focal neurologic event. That doesn’t mean it’s incapacitating, doesn’t mean you can’t serve, but it means that somebody ought to wake up and say, ‘Wow, this looks like a seizure.'”

“With my medical background, this is not dehydration,” he explained. “There’s something else going on.”

Monahan told reporters this the week McConnell had been “medically clear to continue with his schedule as planned” after having consulted with McConnell’s Republican chief and his team of neurologists.

“Occasional lightheadedness is not uncommon in concussion recovery and can also be expected as a result of dehydration,” he wrote last week.

He also told McConnell in his letter this week, “There are no changes recommended in treatment protocols as you continue recovery from your March 2023.”

McConnell briefly addressed the incident in remarks made on his Senate room on Tuesday, when the chamber returned from its the August recess.

“One particular moment of my time back home has received its fair share of attention in the press over the past week,” the official stated. “But I assure you, August was a busy and productive month for me and my staff back in the commonwealth.”

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin spoke with McConnell following McConnell’s remarks. Republican leader’s remarks. He told McConnell that “it was great to see him back” and that he “couldn’t wait to disagree with him.” Durbin then said to reporters that McConnell stated that”I’ve “taken every test they’ve thrown at me.”

“He said that concussions can take its toll. ‘So I’m going through recovering from a concussion,'” Durbin declared.



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