According to The New York Times, independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. had a health scare in 2010 believed to be a brain tumor.

“Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was experiencing memory loss and mental fogginess so severe that a friend grew concerned he might have a brain tumor,” the outlet stated.

However, the outlet said the problem was the result of a dead worm in his brain.

Per The New York Times:

Several doctors noticed a dark spot on the younger Mr. Kennedy’s brain scans and concluded that he had a tumor, he said in a 2012 deposition reviewed by The New York Times. Mr. Kennedy was immediately scheduled for a procedure at Duke University Medical Center by the same surgeon who had operated on his uncle, he said.

While packing for the trip, he said, he received a call from a doctor at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital who had a different opinion: Mr. Kennedy, he believed, had a dead parasite in his head.

The doctor believed that the abnormality seen on his scans “was caused by a worm that got into my brain and ate a portion of it and then died,” Mr. Kennedy said in the deposition.


RFK Jr. made light of The New York Times article.

“I offer to eat 5 more brain worms and still beat President Trump and President Biden in a debate,” he said.

“I feel confident of the result even with a six-worm handicap,” he added.

The former Democrat’s campaign attempted to assure Americans of his health despite the report of the parasitic worm. 

BBC reports:

US presidential candidate Robert F Kennedy Jr says he is in “robust health” following reports that he suffered from a brain parasite more than a decade ago.

The New York Times reported that Mr Kennedy also previously suffered from mercury poisoning and heart problems.

Mr Kennedy has made health a key part of his campaign.

He has contrasted his physical fitness with that of Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

“Questioning Mr Kennedy’s health is a hilarious suggestion, given his competition,” his campaign said in a statement Wednesday.

“Mr Kennedy travelled extensively in Africa, South America, and Asia in his work as an environmental advocate, and in one of those locations contracted a parasite,” the campaign said.

“The issue was resolved more than 10 years ago, and he is in robust physical and mental health.”

The New York Times report, based on a divorce deposition, said that in 2010 Mr Kennedy experienced severe memory loss and brain fog.

He sought treatment and said in the deposition two years later that a doctor told him the issues could be “caused by a worm that got into my brain and ate a portion of it and then died”.

Worms do not eat brain tissue, experts say, but the idea is a non-medical or layman’s understanding of what parasites might do if they enter the central nervous system.


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