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Hillary Clinton's pneumonia sparks health fears

By Lisa Lerer

Published 12/09/2016

Mrs Clinton waving to people
Mrs Clinton waving to people
Hillary Clinton being carried into her car
A memorial poem for the 15th anniversary of 9/11 on the big screen at Shaftesbury Square in Belfast

The issue of Hillary Clinton's health has moved to the centre of her election campaign after her doctor said she had pneumonia, hours after she stumbled and felt unwell at a 9/11 memorial service.

Dr Lisa Bardack said Ms Clinton is "recovering nicely" after attending the event in lower Manhattan. Ms Clinton was seen on video appearing to struggle to stay on her feet as she got into a vehicle to leave the event early.

Ms Clinton was seen slumped and being held up by three people as she was helped into a van, and her doctor said in a statement that she had become overheated and dehydrated.

"I have just examined her and she is now rehydrated and recovering nicely," Ms Bardack said in a statement.

The physician said Ms Clinton has had an allergy-related cough, and in a follow-up examination on Friday she was diagnosed with pneumonia, put on antibiotics and advised to rest and modify her schedule.

Less than two months from election day, it was an unwanted image for Ms Clinton as she tries to project the strength and vigour needed for one of the world's most demanding jobs. Republican rival Donald Trump has spent months questioning her health, saying she does not have the stamina to be President.

Yesterday, President Barack Obama joined the nation in remembering the nearly 3,000 people who died in the September 11 attacks. Memorials and tributes were also paid all around the world, including in Belfast. Mr Obama observed the sombre anniversary with a moment of silence in the Oval Office at 8.46am - the precise moment the attacks began on a sunny day in 2001 - when a hijacked passenger plane slammed into the north tower of New York City's World Trade Center.

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