Jackson Jr. Reportedly Gets Mayo Clinic Visit From Parents

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. reportedly received a visit from his parents this week as he continues to get treatment for depression and stomach issues at Minnesota's famed Mayo Clinic.

News of the visit came from his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who said he and his wife offered "positive reinforcement" and did not discuss politics. There was no word on when Jackson might return to Congress.

"It’s not the kind of health challenge that you can put on a timetable, but he is responding as he seeks to regain his strength," the elder Jackson said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "He has the best treatment and he is responding."

Over the weekend, Jackson's wife told the Chicago Sun-Times her husband was "completely debilitated by depression," adding that Jackson "collapsed" in his Washington, D.C. home.

The embattled Democrat entered the Rochester, Minn., facility late last month for "extensive inpatient evaluation for depression and gastrointestinal issues."

His absence from Congress began a month earlier with an announcement that he was being treated for exhaustion.


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