Capitol attending physician Brian Monahan said senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) did not have a seizure or suffered a stroke when he froze at a press conference last week.
“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,” Monahan wrote to McConnell. “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.”
“There are no changes recommended in treatment protocols as you continue recovery from your March 2023 fall,” Monahan added.
The letter comes as McConnell and other senators return to Washington on Tuesday after a recess.
McConnell,81, froze for the second time last week at a press event in Covington, Kentucky after he was asked about running for re-election. The 81-year-old GOP senate leader froze for the first time at a press conference on Capitol Hill in July.
Both times a spokesperson for McConnell said the GOP leader felt “lightheaded”.
McConnell was hospitalized in March after he fell during a dinner and suffered a concussion and a fractured rib. Monahan said in a letter last week that the feeling “is not uncommon in concussion recovery and can also be expected as a result of dehydration.”