Tuesday 24 October 2017

Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen suffers dehydration during speech

Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen coughs and takes a long pause during a speech at the University of Massachusetts (AP)
Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen coughs and takes a long pause during a speech at the University of Massachusetts (AP)

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen was seen by medical personnel as a precaution after she "felt dehydrated at the end of a long speech under bright lights" in Massachusetts.

The 69-year-old "felt fine afterwards" and resumed her schedule, the Fed said.

Ms Yellen was delivering a 23-page speech on inflation at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Towards the end of her speech she paused twice for a period of several seconds, staring down at her text.

She then resumed speaking and concluded the speech, with the audience applauding.

Ms Yellen received a plaque from officials, who then helped her off the stage.

The Fed said in a statement that "as a precaution, she was seen by (emergency) staff on-site".

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