Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the leading Democratic Pennsylvania Senate candidate, on Tuesday underwent a successful procedure after recently suffering a stroke, he said. The procedure took place the same day as the state’s primary election.
“I just got out of a procedure to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator in my heart,” Fetterman wrote in a tweet. “We got the all-clear that it was successful, and that I’m on track for a full recovery.”
Using a Western Pennsylvania colloquialism, Fetterman added, “Thank yinz for the well-wishes – it means the world to me. Now back to resting + recovering!”
I just got out of a procedure to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator in my heart. We got the all-clear that it was successful, and that I’m on track for a full recovery.
Thank yinz for the well-wishes – it means the world to me. 🥰
Now back to resting + recovering!
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) May 17, 2022
Fetterman’s campaign on Sunday disclosed that he suffered a stroke on Friday stemming from a heart condition called atrial fibrillation. He is expected to make a full recovery, but was recuperating in the final days of a race for Senate in which he is expected to win his party’s nomination over Rep. Conor Lamb.
In a statement, Joe Calvello, the director of communications for Fetterman, said the candidate “just completed a successful procedure to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator.”
“The procedure began at 3:15 p.m., John was released at 5:56 p.m., and he has been given the all-clear that it was successful,” Calvello said. “He is resting at the hospital and recovering well. John continues to improve every day, and he is still on track for a full recovery.”
Fetterman’s campaign previously said his Pittsburgh-area election night party would be hosted by his wife Tuesday evening. The campaign also disclosed that Fetterman would undergo the procedure before it took place.
Fetterman will likely go on to face the winner of the state’s Republican primary in November, which is a tight, three-way race between television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, conservative commentator Kathy Barnette, and businessman Dave McCormick. The race, which has been ranked as a toss-up by election analysts, is crucial to Republicans’ efforts to win a Senate majority. Democrats, meanwhile, are eyeing Pennsylvania as a key Senate pickup.