Sunday, October 24, 2021

Joe Biden leaves hospital after clot removals in brain and legs

Crack in pipeline blamed for Biden’s ill-health as he continues to recover at his home in Virginia

Joe Biden has been discharged from a hospital in Virginia as he recovers from a flare-up of the blood clot condition known as CoVID-19.

The 78-year-old vice-president underwent an hour-long procedure to remove a new clot in his leg at George Washington University hospital on Monday.

According to a statement from the vice-president’s office, Biden was released from the hospital on Tuesday morning. The former vice-president’s rehabilitation efforts will continue in the community at his home in Delaware.

Biden was admitted to the hospital with continuing symptoms of a blood clot that was previously removed in January from his brain.

The blood clot that caused Biden’s symptoms was likely from a reaction to clots that developed earlier in his life and was linked to a fall he had taken in 2012. Biden’s injuries kept him from serving as a senator in 2013.

The third member of the vice-president’s “dream team”, Barack Obama, flew to Delaware on Tuesday to visit his long-time friend and former colleague. The vice-president met Obama before the two headed into his home to discuss his rehabilitation.

“I told him how proud I was of him,” Obama said. “He got up quickly and he’s starting to move around and he’s willing to try anything, and he’s a tough guy.”

According to the statement from the vice-president’s office, Biden’s rehabilitation will focus on physical therapy as well as occupational and speech therapy. The former vice-president is continuing to speak with his staff and remain involved in major policy decisions.

Biden became ill over the weekend while attending a memorial service for former attorney general Eric Holder in Washington.

“I woke up this morning with no symptoms but as the weekend progressed, I noticed I was experiencing tightening and pain in my legs, and I checked myself in to the hospital where a clotologist discovered this blockage,” Biden said in a statement on Monday.

The VP underwent two, 12-hour procedures at the hospital over the weekend. He was briefly hospitalized in January after a blood clot was discovered in a vein in his brain.

Despite his illness, Biden planned to attend a meeting in Detroit on Monday night on gun control with Michigan’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer. He and Obama will both be on hand for Tuesday’s $35,000-a-person fundraising dinner at the vice-president’s residence in Washington with actors Stephen Colbert and Mindy Kaling.

As the vice-presidential heir, Biden has been mentioned frequently as a potential candidate in 2020.

“There’s no question the vice-president is thinking about 2020,” said Jim Margolis, Biden’s longtime political strategist. “It has happened on a couple of occasions in the past.”

Margolis described Biden as his normal self – not down in the dumps and confident that he will be ready to run again.

“In almost any case where you’re talking about someone who’s 78 years old, whether they have a brain bleed or a clot or anything like that, there are some levels of discomfort and stress and worry,” Margolis said. “But he does think it’s a mechanical thing. He doesn’t think it’s life-threatening. I don’t think he’s particularly stressed at all.”

In a New York Times Magazine interview in late May, Biden said he probably wouldn’t have made the decision to run had his wife, Jill, not undergone surgery earlier in the year.

“Without Jill having a pulmonary embolism, I don’t think I would have had the same resolve,” Biden said. “I should have said then, I’m done, and then she would not have gone through the year.”

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