John McCain Recovers From Blood Clot, McConnell Delays Health Care Vote

The U.S. Senate health care vote has been put on hold, according to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, allowing Senator John McCain to recover from surgery to remove a blood clot:

McCain underwent surgery in Phoenix on Friday to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. “On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week,” said McCain spokeswoman Julie Tarallo. A statement from the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said the senator is resting at home “in good condition” and that “the surgery went very well.”

The vote is so close that Republicans are depending on McCain’s presence to help pass the bill since Republican senators Susan Collins (ME) and Rand Paul (KY) have indicated they cannot support it.

The Mayo Clinic, at the request of McCain’s office, released a statement about the Senator’s health:

“Following a routine annual physical, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye on Friday, July 14 at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Surgeons successfully removed the 5-cm blood clot during a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision. Tissue pathology reports are pending within the next several days.

“The Senator is resting comfortably at home and is in good condition. His Mayo Clinic doctors report that the surgery went ‘very well’ and he is in good spirits. Once the pathology information is available, further care will be discussed between doctors and the family. In the meantime, his Mayo Clinic care team will not be conducting interviews.”

The office of Senator McCain also released the following statement:

“Senator McCain received excellent treatment at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, and appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff. He is in good spirits and recovering comfortably at home with his family. On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week.”

McCain’s office noted they would provide more information on his progress as it became available. With the health care vote on hold, McConnell plans to carry on with other business and nominations while McCain recuperates.

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