Carly Fiorina was admitted to a California hospital on Oct. 26 to treat a post-op infection. The medical complication followed Fiorina’s reconstructive surgery over the summer following breast cancer treatment. All staffers would say is that it only affects Fiorina’s campaign stops that occurred that day, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Some pundits have said this setback comes at a bad time during the critical week before the election. Medical experts report that germs do attack foreign bodies such as breast implants. Treatment usually involves antibiotics. Fiorina is a breast cancer survivor and former CEO of Silicon Valley giant Hewlett-Packard.
Fiorina’s is not the first medical issue to happen on the campaign trail. While she may just be out for a day, there may be some larger health concerns brought to light. See how Fiorina’s case compares to these other examples.
John Edwards’ Wife
The National Institutes of Health reported in April of 2007 that the wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards had breast cancer. On March 22, 2007, Elizabeth Edwards came forward with her grim diagnosis.
John was both called courageous and callous for continuing with his campaign for the 2008 election. It was the recurrence of Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer, and she said later on that it was not going away. Edwards eventually separated from his wife after allegations of an extramarital affair surfaced.
On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan survived an assassination attempt but only after spending several harrowing hours in surgery. Reagan would fully recover and return to the White House on April 12, in a report posted to RonaldReagan.com.
Reagan was in office for less than three months when he was shot getting into his car in Washington D.C. They rushed him to a hospital where surgeons worked diligently to stop the bleeding and extract the bullet from his lungs. The bullet stopped less than one inch from Regan’s heart.
In December of 2007, Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani went to the hospital with what he described as a “terrible headache.” Before he went to the hospital, Giuliani was having flu-like symptoms, according to ABC News.
Giuliani was in St. Louis and was taking off for home when he told the pilot to turn the plane around so he could get treatment. Giuliani is a prostate cancer survivor and said he felt “fine” after his visit to Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Carly Fiorina will be fine. Even though this hospitalization comes at a bad time, sometimes health is more important than political gains. John Edwards understands that perhaps too much campaigning can be bad for your health or the health of the people around you. Hopefully Fiorina will keep this in mind when she goes back on the campaign trail.
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Greenberger, Jonathan, “Giuliani: Hospital visit was a result of ‘headache worse than I’ve ever had'”, ABCNews.com.