“I think he deserves a month’s break to come back as strong as ever,” Gisele Fetterman said in an interview with CNN. “This is going to be a tough race and a really important race. I want him to be fully prepared for that.”
When asked if John Fetterman, the deputy governor of Pennsylvania, would be back on the campaign trail by July in one of the nation’s preeminent Senate contests, she replied, “Maybe. I think so. That’s my hope.”
In an interview in their hometown of Braddock, outside of Pittsburgh, Gisele Fettermann dismissed the idea that the campaign had not been fully transparent about her husband’s health. Her stroke was initially described as a hiccup, and the severity of his illness was not revealed until 17 days later.
“Still hiccups,” she said on Monday. “Families are going through health crises. Our family is not unique in what we’ve been through, we just had to go through it publicly.”
Despite multiple statements during and after his time in the hospital, Jon Fetterman previously did not disclose his atrial fibrillation diagnosis in 2017. And while the letter sent by his cardiologist on Friday provided insight into what led to Fetterman’s stroke, the doctors who performed the procedure on The candidate at Lancaster last month has yet to speak publicly.
The candidate said in a statement last week that his doctors have directed him to “rest, eat healthy, exercise, and focus on my recovery,” and because of that, “it will take some time to get back on the campaign trail like I was in the lead-up to the primaries.”
Gisele Fettermann stated on Monday that they were releasing the information as soon as it was received, saying, “I think we’ve been incredibly transparent.”
“I just want people to remember that we’re real people,” she said. “This is a real family with kids who watch the news, they follow everything, and secondly we get new information, we bring up.” “That’s why we shared the last statement from the doctor. Once it was available, it was brought up. I think it’s important to share. Not only because I think transparency is important, but because I hope it inspires others to take action on their health.”
She said the stroke, which she discovered after seeing her husband’s lips quiver in a strange way as they drove to an election event in the days leading up to the primaries, was a wake-up call.
“It was just like that,” she said. “I hate that he had to learn it the hard way.” “I am grateful that he is alive and will make a full recovery.”
Asked if she could envision a scenario in which he would not be able to return to campaigning in one of the country’s most-watched contests, in which he faces Republican candidate Mehmet Oz, she quickly answered in the negative.
“I don’t see it,” she said, “but more importantly, his doctors don’t see it.” They are all confident that he will make a full recovery.”
She also said the campaign was not opposed to more information being released by the team of Lancaster doctors who treated her husband for the stroke, but said it was Lancaster General Hospital’s policy not to talk about patient care.
“We asked, but that’s not hospital protocol,” she said. We asked, “It’s not up to us. It’s up to their policies.”
CNN’s Dan Pepper contributed to this report.