A lump that previously appeared on Sen. John Fetterman’s (D-PA) neck appears to no longer be there, according to images from U.S. photojournalists.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson highlighted the bump on Fetterman’s neck last year before the midterm elections and noted that Fetterman appeared to use hoodies, scarves, and neck gaiters to conceal it.
A review of photos on Getty Images shows that the bump was last visible in mid-November, after Fetterman beat Republican challenger Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Fetterman’s office did not respond to a request for comment from The Daily Wire about the matter.
Fetterman was hospitalized this week while attending a Democrat Senate retreat because he was feeling lightheaded, a health scare that occurred less than a year after he suffered a stroke that nearly killed him.
The New York Times reported this week that Fetterman has been left with “serious mental health” issues and often cannot understand the words that others are saying to him as a result of the stroke. He has to use live audio-to-text transcription for everything that he does as a senator.
The report said that Fetterman’s struggles are significantly worse when he is under any kind of stress.
Fetterman has indicated that when he’s under stress, trying to understand what other people are saying is like “trying to make out the muffled voice of the teacher in the ‘Peanuts’ cartoon, whose words could never be deciphered,” the report said.
Following his hospitalization this week, Fetterman’s staff claimed that doctors said that the senator did not have another stroke and that they were checking for signs of seizures.
“A few minutes ago, Senator John Fetterman was discharged from The George Washington University Hospital,” the statement said. “In addition to the CT, CTA, and MRI tests ruling out a stroke, his EEG test results came back normal, with no evidence of seizures.”
“John is looking forward to spending some time with his family and returning to the Senate on Monday,” the statement added.