WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said he will be fine following a collapse during the ACLI Capital Challenge race on May 18.
The Associated Press reported that Tillis received CPR after collapsing, but Tillis denied that in a video taken at the hospital and posted on his Twitter account.
“Hey everybody, I’m fine,” he said. “Just running about two-and-a-half miles in and overheated. No CPR, no special measures, just checking me out. See you back on the Hill.”
Just before the race, his account posted a photo of him with other runners saying Team Tillis was ready for the race.
Tillis’ communications director, Daniel Keylin, sent an email about the incident at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
“Senator Tillis has been released from the hospital and is doing very well,” he said. “He became dehydrated and overheated during today’s ACLI Capital Challenge and collapsed. Several good Samaritans, including Capitol Police, immediately provided assistance to the Senator, including chest compressions. The Senator was taken to the hospital, and doctors found the episode was caused by overheating. He was released after receiving a clean bill of health. Senator Tillis is incredibly grateful to the good Samaritans who assisted him at the race and the medical professionals at the hospital.”
On social media, many, including those who said they disagreed with him politically, said they were glad to hear he had recovered. Some asked him to think about how the experience would have gone for someone with poor or no insurance, and what bills would be incurred in those cases.
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