SEATTLE (CNN) – The Obama-Biden campaign will release Joe Biden’s medical records to the press Monday for review as well as hold a conference call with a doctor briefed on Biden’s medical history.
Reporters will have around five hours to sift through the records, which will include medical documents from 1988 when Biden suffered two brain aneurysms and a blood clot in his lung.
Biden collapsed in his Rochester, New York hotel room on February 9, writing in his autobiography ‘Promises to Keep’ that it felt like “lightning flashing inside my head, a powerful electric surge – and then a rip of pain like I’d never felt before.”
The Delaware senator – who had just ended his 1988 presidential bid – flew home to Wilmington, where he was rushed to the hospital by his wife Jill, where doctors discovered an aneurysm. A practicing Catholic, Biden was given his last rites, but surgery at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center saved his life.
After the discovery of a blot clot in his lung and another surgery for a second aneurysm, Biden recovered and returned to the Senate seven months later.
The New York Times was given an advance look at Biden’s records Monday, and is reporting that they don’t indicate any current medical problems. A letter from the senator’s doctor – Dr. Eisold, the Capitol physician - said that Biden has “recovered fully without continued effects” from the aneurysm.
The article says that approximately 5 percent or less of those who have had “berry aneurysms” get them again. The big question the report raised: when was the last time Biden had a bran scan?
Eisold will not speak to the press, but has briefed Dr. Matthew Parker, who will be on the conference call. The Times article reports that Parker says Eisold told him “it’s a non-issue” and “was very definitive about” not doing brain scan tests now.
Sarah Palin will now be the lone candidate to have not released any information from her medical records, though Barack Obama only released a one-page letter from his doctor attesting to his “excellent health.” John McCain, who had skin cancer, allowed reporters to view extensive medical records in May.