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President-elect Joe Biden slipped and twisted his ankle and is en route to the doctor. CT scan confirms he has hairline fractures and will require a walking boot. 

WILMINGTON, Del. (THE PAVLOVIC TODAY) —On Saturday, Nov. 28, President-elect Biden slipped while playing with his dog Major, and twisted his ankle.  Out of an abundance of caution, he will be examined this afternoon by an orthopedist, the Office of President-elect Biden confirmed. 

The press pool arrived at Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists in Newark, DE a little after 4 pm ET.


The van was maneuvered so that reporters and photographers could not see the 78-year-old president-elect Biden as he left the motorcade and entered the building. 

The transition team will not allow journalists off the van. Reporters are holding in the van outside the office. 


Pool has been at the orthopedist’s office for about an hour. The motorcade is still here. We had arrived at about 4:09 pm. 

The president-elect was being seen at Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists, in a nondescript gray building – mostly one story – on Old Churchmans Road in Newark, DE. On this late Sunday afternoon, most of the lights in the building were off. 

A Delaware State police SUV was stationed at the entrance to the driveway. 


The pool van was parked on the side of the building where we couldn’t see the main entrance or the motorcade. But some TV crews gathered across the street where they may have a view of the entrance and, possibly, the president-elect when he departs. 

Your pooler and others asked repeatedly to get off the van to be in a position to see the president-elect depart but were denied without explanation other than “we’re not getting off the bus”


Statement from Dr. Kevin O’Connor:

President-elect Joe Biden sustained a sprain of his right foot.  Initial X-rays are reassuring that there is no obvious fracture and he will be getting an additional CT for more detailed imaging.

Statement from a Biden spokesperson:  

In order to avoid disrupting regularly scheduled appointments on Monday, arrangements were made for President-elect Biden to receive an x-ray and then an additional CT Sunday afternoon, with the expected delays involved when opening closed offices and giving personnel time to set up.  


After a short drive, the motorcade pulled into the Delaware Imaging Network facility at the Omega Professional Center in Newark at about 6:22 pm. The president-elect is here to get a CT scan, per the transition team.

Your pooler did not see the president-elect but a cameraperson captured a glimpse of him walking in with a limp. 

It was not clear if he had a boot or any other medical equipment 


At about 6:47 President-elect Biden left the imaging facility wearing a blue jacket. 

Your pooler could not see him but the camera woman who could said Biden waved toward the pool van, appeared to whistle, and flashed a thumbs up. 

The motorcade is rolling again.  

UPDATE from president-elect Biden’s personal doctor

Biden has hairline fractures and will require a walking boot. 

Dr. Kevin O’Connor, Director, Executive Medicine, GW Medical Faculty Associates on President-elect Biden’s imaging results:  Initial x-rays did not show any obvious fracture, but his clinical exam warranted more detailed imaging.  Follow-up CT scan confirmed hairline (small) fractures of President-elect Biden’s lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones, which are in the mid-foot.  It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks.

***This is a developing story: We’ll give updates on the situation as we learn more.

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