Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's abrupt departure from the Sept. 11 commemoration ceremony in lower Manhattan on Sunday morning came as a result of dehydration caused by pneumonia, her Mount Kisco-based personal physician said late Sunday afternoon.
"Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia," said Lisa Bardack, director of Internal Medicine at CareMount Medical, in a statement released shortly after 5 p.m. "She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule.
"While at this morning's event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely."
Clinton was seen being assisted by an aide and Secret Service agent as she entered her SUV when departing the memorial ceremony, at which point she briefly stumbled with her right leg trembling before entering the vehicle.
"Secretary Clinton attended the Sept. 11th commemoration ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen," Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said Sunday afternoon. "During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter's apartment, and is feeling much better."
Just before noon, Clinton left Chelsea Clinton's apartment, waving to onlookers and media and saying, "It's a beautiful day." She then greeted a young girl who ran to her before entering her SUV to head back to her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., where husband and former President Bill Clinton was awaiting her return.
Hillary Clinton, who will turn 69 in October, arrived in Manhattan at 8:30 a.m., and was greeted by several political officials.
Clinton was in the front row at the ceremony, which included U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudolph Giuliani and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who was at the opposite end of the row from Clinton.
It was unclear whether Clinton would proceed with a West Coast swing starting Monday that was scheduled to include stops in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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