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Clinton ‘fit to serve,’ doctor says ahead of campaign comeback

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Hillary Clinton looked to head off further questions about her health, releasing new medical records showing she is “fit to serve” as president and recovering from “mild” pneumonia as she prepares to resume her campaign. The disclosure came as her Republican rival Donald Trump — in a media-savvy move — released new health data of his own during the taping of a nationally televised medical chat show set to air Thursday. Both candidates, among the oldest ever to run for the White House, were under intense pressure to share more medical information after Clinton fell ill during a 9/11 ceremony in New York on Sunday and was forced to leave.

Recent opinion polls have shown the gap between the two candidates narrowing, with less than two months to go before Election Day, and the presidential hopefuls disclosed fresh information in a bid to score points with undecided voters. In a detailed, two-page “summary update” on Clinton’s health, her personal physician Lisa Bardack wrote that the 68-year-old was bouncing back after a diagnosis of “mild, non-contagious” pneumonia. She “is recovering well with antibiotics and rest” after being laid low over the weekend, when she suffered from fatigue and a low-grade fever, although her vital signs remained normal, Bardack said.

The Democratic White House nominee “continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as president of the United States,” she wrote, noting she is in “excellent mental condition.” After Clinton was seen stumbling limp-legged into her vehicle Sunday at Ground Zero, it took several hours for her personal physician to disclose she had been diagnosed with pneumonia two days earlier, drawing criticism of her campaign’s transparency. Clinton was at home in Chappaqua, New York for a third straight day Wednesday, recovering from a health scare that has rocked her bid to become America’s first woman president.

News of Trump’s appearance on “The Dr. Oz Show” — though it appeared to reveal little detail — had earlier flooded the US airwaves on Wednesday, upping the pressure on Clinton to share more health data before returning to the trail Thursday with appearances in North Carolina and Washington.

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