Clinton suffers 'medical episode' at 9/11 memorial

Witnesses say former Secretary of State fainted during ceremony, while campaign staff claims Mrs. Clinton was "overheated.".

David Rosenberg , | updated: 7:14 PM

Clinton at 9/11 15th anniversary ceremony
Clinton at 9/11 15th anniversary ceremony

Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton abruptly left a memorial ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sunday, reigniting concerns over Mrs. Clinton’s health in midst of a raucous presidential election season.

Witnesses say Clinton, who was attending the memorial ceremony at Ground Zero in Manhattan, was suddenly removed from the event and appeared to faint as she was helped into a campaign vehicle.

Mrs. Clinton appeared to have a “medical episode,” as one law enforcement officer on the scene described it to Fox News.

Witnesses say the former First Lady’s “knees buckled,” as she stumbled off the curb and that she lost a shoe as she was hurried into a van.

The incident occurred just after 9:30 a.m. local time.

Two senior law enforcement sources confirmed to NBC News that it appeared that the Democratic nominee had fainted during the memorial service.

The press pool which ordinarily accompanies the Clinton campaign remained corralled at the ceremony while Mrs. Clinton was whisked away by aides. Initially, no notification of the departure was made, with campaign representatives initially refusing to comment on her location.

Later, Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill released a statement saying that the former Secretary had felt “overheated” and was at Chelsea Clinton’s apartment, where she is “feeling much better.”

"Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen. During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter's apartment, and is feeling much better."

Roughly two hours after her early departure from the memorial service, Clinton made a brief public appearance, waving to reporters and saying she was "feeling great". She did not elaborate regarding her sudden departure or apparent medical episode.