Top Capitol Physician Announces His Belief That McConnell Did Not Have a Seizure or a Stroke

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reportedly did not experience a stroke or have a seizure disorder, according to Brian Monahan, the attending physician at the Capitol.

A letter from Monahan to the GOP leader describing the examination’s findings was made public by McConnell’s office on Tuesday.

“My examination of you following your August 30, 2023 brief episode included several medical evaluations: brain MRI imaging, EEG study and consultations with several neurologists for a comprehensive neurology assessment. 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.” Monahan stated.

Concerns about McConnell’s health were raised last week when he froze for the second time in recent months when a reporter in Covington, Kentucky, asked him about his political plans once his tenure ends in 2026.

According to a representative for the GOP leader, he experienced a 30-second freeze after feeling “lightheaded.”

Following the event, a number of senior Senate Republicans spoke with McConnell; several have since expressed their continued strong support for the longest-serving leader in the history of the upper chamber.

The first event happened on July 26, just before lawmakers recessed for the month of August.

After falling during a dinner and breaking a rib and sustaining a concussion, McConnell was taken to the hospital in March. More than a month later, he made his way back to the Capitol.

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