Pennsylvania Lt. gov. John Fetterman was discharged from the hospital on Sunday a week after suffering a stroke – and five days after driving to victory in the Democratic US Senate primary.
“João is on his way home – time to rest and recover (and tease me)!” Fetterman’s wife Gisele, tweeted Sunday. “I am so grateful to the amazing staff at Lancaster General for looking after him so well from start to finish.”
In a separate statement, according to the Associated Press, Fetterman said he “couldn’t be happier to finally go home to be with my family.”
“I’m feeling great, but following the advice of my doctor and Giseles, I will continue to rest and recover,” he added. “Later this week I will have a follow-up visit with my doctors at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital. I will now take whatever time I need to rest and get back to 100% so I can soon be flat out and blue that seat.”
Fetterman, 52, has been in the hospital since May 13 after suffering a stroke “caused by a clot in my heart that’s been in an A-Fib rhythm for too long,” he told his family last week followers.
On May 17, Fetterman easily defeated Rep. Conor Lamb to win his party’s nomination for the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey.
“PA – THANK YOU FOR SELECTING ME AS YOUR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR US SENATE IN PENNSYLVANIA!!!!!!!!” Fetterman tweeted after being declared the winner, adding two crying emojis.
Fetterman will face off against the winner of the hotly contested Republican primary between ex-TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz and ex-hedge fund CEO David McCormick. No winner has yet been announced and with Oz ahead of McCormick by about 1,000 votes on Monday, the Commonwealth Foreign Secretary is expected to order a recount this week.
Under Pennsylvania law, counties have until June 7 to complete the recount and must report the results to the state by the following day. The recount must begin no later than June 1st.
Despite the razor-thin margin, former President Donald Trump claimed Oz was the primary winner and blasted Pennsylvania for its delay in reporting the results.
“The Club for Growth candidate [Kathy Barnette], who lost, took away many votes from Oz. Also, early mail-in ballots were sent out without my confirming them yet. Despite all that, Oz won!” Trump wrote on Wednesday on his social media platform Truth Social.
“Here we go again!” he added. “In Pennsylvania, they can’t count mail-in ballots. It’s a big mess. Our country should go to paper elections, with same-day votes. Just made in France, zero problems. Get Smart America!!!”
The former president later urged Oz to declare victory ahead of a possible recount, saying, “It makes it that much harder for them to cheat with ballots they ‘found by accident’.”