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McConnell gets all-clear from congressional physician

By: - August 31, 2023 3:23 pm

McConnell fell silent when speaking to reporters Wednesday in Covington. (Photo by Haley Parnell/LINK nky)

The attending physician for the United States Congress on Thursday signed a letter giving Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell the all-clear a day after he  appeared to freeze while speaking to reporters. 

Dr. Brian Monahan wrote that McConnell, from Kentucky, “is medically clear to continue with his schedule as planned.” 

McConnell’s office said Wednesday that he would consult with a doctor after he fell silent in Covington while speaking with reporters at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. 

He had a similar spell in July in Washington D.C. 

“I have consulted with Leader McConnell and conferred with his neurology team,” Monohan wrote. “Occasional lightheadedness is not uncommon in concussion recovery and can also be expected as a result of dehydration.” 

McConnell, 81, fell in March and suffered a concussion

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Sarah Ladd
Sarah Ladd

Sarah Ladd is a Louisville-based journalist from West Kentucky who's covered everything from crime to higher education. She spent nearly two years on the metro breaking news desk at The Courier Journal. In 2020, she started reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and has covered health ever since. As the Kentucky Lantern's health reporter, she focuses on mental health, LGBTQ+ issues, children's welfare, COVID-19 and more.