WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina said Wednesday he’s “fine” after collapsing during a Washington, D.C., race and being taken away by ambulance.
Tillis, 56, was seen on the ground being treated by bystanders about 15 to 20 minutes into the 3-mile race in Anacostia Park in the southeast part of Washington. He at first appeared unconscious but was revived and breathing when taken away by ambulance.
He later posted a video on Twitter from his hospital bed saying he was OK and thanking people for “all of your prayers and well wishes.”
“Hey everybody, I’m fine. Just running about 2½ miles in and got overheated. No CPR. No special measures. Just checking me out,” Tillis said in the video. “See you back on the Hill.”
It was not immediately known what hospital Tillis was taken to.
“The initial reports were concerning, but things are going well,” North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, who worked closely with Tillis during Tilli’s four-year tenure as state House speaker. “We certainly wish him a speedy recovery. Obviously, thoughts and prayers for him and his family.”
“There’s a little bit of a family for those of us that are in the legislature.