Hillary Clinton's health: Separating fact from fiction

Clinton's doctor signed off on a clean bill of health in 2015.

Conspiracy theorists have long peddled wild allegations about Hillary Clinton's health. Now the former Secretary of State's health has turned into a real campaign issue after nearly fainting during the 9/11 Memorial ceremony Sunday. A bystander caught Clinton on camera struggling to walk and her legs seemingly buckling.

Clinton critics say she suffers from Parkinson's disease, autism or even brain damage. All of it is false and not based in facts.

KHOU 11 news is separating fact from fiction. Here's what we know about Clinton's health history - it comes from a two-page letter released by her personal physician Dr. Lisa Bardack:

  • In 1998, she developed a blood cot in a vein in her leg. 11 years later in 2009, she broke her elbow after a stumble at the State Department and underwent a successful surgery.

 

  • In 2012, she suffered a concussion after becoming dehydrated, fainting and hitting her head. A blood clot developed in a vein behind her right ear. Those issues were treated and resolved.

 

  • Her doctor signed off on a clean bill of health in 2015 during a routine physical.

 

  • After several days of noticeable coughing fits on the campaign trail, she's been diagnosed with pneumonia.

KHOU political analyst Bob Stein says it could create an opening for a Trump campaign beginning to climb in the polls.

"If she's frail and that frailty shows up, not just in the video, but in her inability to maintain her campaign schedule, I think Donald Trump can exploit it and exploit it well," said Stein.


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