John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer. The 80 years old Rep Senator for Arizona underwent surgery last week for what was thought to be a blood clot above his eye. Senate eagerly awaited his return and postponed voting on Trump’s healthcare bill until he had come back to take part. On Wednesday, McCain’s family revealed that after surgery, doctors discovered cancerous tissue in his brain. ‘On Friday, July 14, Sen John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. ‘Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot’ family said in a statement. President Trump, who last week joked about his ‘crusty’ condition when senator’s condition seemed less severe, sent his well wishes after learning of development late on Wednesday night. McCain’s Fox News host daughter Meghan also shared an emotional message in which she described him as a ‘warrior at dusk’ who would not be defeated by disease. McCain, a Vietnam veteran who was held as a prisoner of war, has endured previous battles with skin cancer. There was no indication on severity of his brain cancer on Wednesday but his office said it remained hopeful that treatment would be effective. He said Rep Linsey Graham he planned to stay in hospital to undergo treatment after the news emerged, telling ‘I’m gonna stay here a little bit longer, take some treatments and I’ll be back.’ Immediately, speculation rose over whether disease may have impacted his confused questioning of ex-FBI director James Comey before Senate Intelligence Committee in June. In their statement, family said ‘He is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona. He is grateful to the doctors and staff at Mayo Clinic for their outstanding care, and is confident that any future treatment will be effective. Further consultations with Senator McCain’s Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate.’ President Trump was among first to offer his good wishes. ‘Senator John McCain has always been a fighter. Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. Get well soon’ he wrote. It was a marked change in tone from his previous description of him as ‘crusty’. Trump earlier told to McCain, who spent 5 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, was not a war hero because he would been captured.
Barack Obama also shared a message for senator after learning of his health battle on Wednesday night. ‘John McCain is an American hero and one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell John.’ The ordeal began when McCain, who has represented Arizona since 87′, went for his annual checkup, complaining of fatigue and double vision. Doctors then performed a scan of brain where they found a blood clot and removed it at Mayo Clinic in Arizona last Friday. Subsequent pathology tests confirmed blood clot was associated with brain cancer. Meaghan McCain, his Fox News host daughter, responded to news in an emotional statement which she shared online. In it, she described him as ‘the toughest person I know’. ‘The cruelest enemy could not break him. The aggressions of political life could not bend him. So he is meeting this challenge as he has every other. Cancer may afflict him in many ways: but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has’ she told. The statement went on ‘He is a warrior at dusk, one of the greatest Americans of our age, and the worthy heir to his father’s and grandfather’s name. But to me he is something more. He is my strength, my example, my refuge, my confidante, my teacher, my rock, my hero, my dad.’ Last week, McCain’s prognosis seemed less frightening.
Doctors said he would endured a ‘minimally invasive’ procedure to remove nearly 2 inch clot and that the surgery went ‘very well.’ The surgery forced Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay a vote on Republican health care bill, another setback for the effort to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. It did spark speculation that a health condition may have been behind his confused questioning of James Comey in June. McCain appeared to confuse ousted FBI director for the president and conflated the investigation into Russia, subject of hearing, with that of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. ‘In the case of Hillary Clinton, you made the statement that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to bring a suit against her, although it had been very careless in their behavior, but you did reach a conclusion, in that case that it was not necessary to further pursue her, yet at the same time in the case of Mr Comey you said that there was not enough information to make a conclusion,’ he told. Later, he added ‘You’re going to have to help me out here. In other words, we’re complete, the investigation of anything that former secretary Clinton had to do with the campaign is over and we don’t have to worry about it anymore?”
‘I am a little confused’ Comey said. McCain addressed subject on Twitter after reading concerns about his health. He said he wouldd stayed up late night before hearing to watch baseball and that his confusion was simply down to tiredness. McCain, a former Navy pilot who was shot down over Vietnam and spent 5 and half years as a prisoner of war, was the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2008. He launched his career into politics in 80′ after serving in the United States Navy Airforce.
Born into a military family, McCain prided himself on not having been the greatest student to ever walk the halls of United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated in 58′ and entered the Navy. By 67′, McCain was a veteran pilot aboard US Forrestal aircraft carrier off the coast of Vietnam. He was preparing to take off on a bombing run over North Vietnam when disaster struck. A missile accidentally fired from another plane, hitting fuel tanks on McCain’s aircraft and triggering explosions and fire. McCain escaped from his plane by crawling onto nose of aircraft and diving on to the ship’s fiery deck. Before he could reach a fellow pilot whose flight suit was on fire, more explosions erupted, blowing McCain back. When inferno was finally contained 24 h later, 134 men had been killed and hundreds more injured. It was called the worst non combat related accident in United States naval history. 3 months later McCain was on a bombing mission over Hanoi. A missile struck his plane, shearing off right wing. McCain ejected and force of maneuver knocked him unconscious and broke both his arms and a leg. He plunged into a Hanoi lake. An angry mob dragged him from water, broke his shoulder with a rifle butt and bayoneted him. Fellow POWs at Hanoi Hilton helped him survive and he was imprisoned for 5 and half years. Videotape of his POW ordeal still exists.