In one exchange that gets cut off in the above clip, Fetterman starts choking up a bit about his struggle:

Fetterman: “You know, the day that I go in was my son’s birthday. And I hope that for the rest of his life, his birthday will be joyous, and you don’t have to remember that your father was admitted.”

Pauley: “Oh, but wait: This is where your renewal began. His birthday is a day for both of you to celebrate.”

Fetterman: “Well, that’s a good way to look at it. I’m looking forward to doing that.”

Pauley: “You seem hopeful.”

Fetterman:“For the first time, yeah. It’s a strange feeling for me to have.”

In another clip, Fetterman talks about how his oldest son, age 14, didn’t understand why he couldn’t get out of bed. He won—he should be happy, right? Gisele then noted that people who haven’t experienced or witnessed depression may not get it, either. “I think the outside would look and say, ‘How does this happen?’ But depression does not make sense, right? It’s not rational.”


Fetterman shared that doctors at Walter Reed also discovered a hearing deficit in addition to his existing post-stroke sensory processing differences. He told Pauley, “I can understand much of what you’re saying. But my hearing has a deficiency that makes it difficult for me to fully understand 100 percent of it.” He uses closed captioning devices to communicate in person, and the Guardian reported that he’s now wearing hearing aids.


Fetterman said in a statement upon his release Friday: “I am so happy to be home. I’m excited to be the father and husband I want to be, and the senator Pennsylvania deserves. Pennsylvanians have always had my back, and I will always have theirs.”

He continued: “I am extremely grateful to the incredible team at Walter Reed. The care they provided changed my life. I will have more to say about this soon, but for now I want everyone to know that depression is treatable, and treatment works. This isn’t about politics — right now there are people who are suffering with depression in red counties and blue counties. If you need help, please get help.”


Wishing you continued health and happiness during your recovery, Senator.