Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is back in Washington on Friday, a day after receiving emergency medical attention following a speech during which she appeared to lose concentration and which she struggled to finish.
A Fedrepresentative would not comment on whether Yellen planned to see a doctor for a follow up check-up and would not comment on her health beyond last night’s statement that she had felt dehydrated after speaking for nearly an hour at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Yellen, 69, who received medical assistance in a private room offstage, later attended a dinner with the university’s chancellor and other special guests. She appeared fine and was talkative, according to one person at the dinner. A Fed representative said Yellen felt fine after the incident.
Yellen is the most powerful figure in world finance, and her health scare came at a key time for the Fed, which has been debating raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade. The speech was Yellen’s first since last week’s Fed decision to delay a much-anticipated rate “lift-off.”
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