Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen Is ‘Fine’ After Medical Scare During Speech

Janet Yellen Holds News Conference On Fed Interest Rate Decision
Win McNamee—Getty Images Janet Yellen arrives at a news conference following a Federal Open Market Committee meeting Sept. 17, 2015 in Washington, DC.

She felt lightheaded and dehydrated, according to a spokesperson

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is feeling “fine” following a brief medical scare during a Thursday evening speech.

Yellen was speaking at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst when she abruptly stopped her address. According to Reuters, Fed officials say she felt lightheaded and sought medical attention as a precaution.

“Chair Yellen felt dehydrated at the end of a long speech under bright lights,” Fed spokeswoman Michelle Smith told Reuters. “As a precaution, she was seen by EMT staff on-site at U-Mass Amherst. She felt fine afterward and has continued with her schedule Thursday evening.”

Yellen was discussing inflation dynamics and monetary policy when she fell ill.


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