NBC Reporter: Fetterman Struggles To Understand What He Hears After Stroke

Senate candidate John Fetterman (D-PA) refused to provide updated medical reports of his post-stroke condition during an interview with Dasha Burns on Tuesday.

Fetterman suffered a stroke on May 13 after which he declared, “I almost died” just days before winning the Democratic Senate primary race. Fetterman has declined to release any medical records, denied access to his medical team, and has not given updates on his mental fitness.

“Right now, voters really have to take your word for it,” Burns said to Fetterman.

Fetterman disagreed: “Well, I feel like we have been transparent in a lot of different ways. Our doctor has already given a letter saying that I’m able to serve and to be running.” The letter referred to by Fetterman was released more than six months ago, prior to his stroke.

Following the interview, Burns provided some information that was not evident simply by watching the interview on television. Burns said that Fetterman had, “lingering auditory processing issues as a result of the stroke.”

She also revealed, “We had a monitor set up so he could read my questions because he still has lingering auditory processing issues as a result of the stroke, which means he has a hard time understanding what he’s hearing. Now, once he reads the question, he’s able to understand. You’ll hear he also still has some problems, some challenges with speech. I’ll say that just in some of the small talk prior to the interview before the closed captioning was up and running, it did seem that he had a hard time understanding our conversations.”

Maybe the most newsworthy aspect of this story is that in some polls, Fetterman is winning. The most recent FiveThirtyEight poll has Fetterman up by six points over Dr. Oz.

For his part, Dr. Oz released his medical records in September to show the stark contrast between the two candidates when it comes to health. The records, according to CBS News, showed no signs of any health concern and no need for any medications for the 62-year-old heart surgeon turned senate candidate.