The van is now infamous — the backdrop to Hillary Clinton’s 9/11 medical episode that left her woozy, faint, and scrambling to spin the story.
As a lone onlooker recorded the scene, campaign staff and Secret Service personnel loaded the Democratic presidential nominee into a black Chevrolet conversion van that has transported the candidate and her staff over the past several weeks.
Tonight, Channel 7 News received a sneak peak into what sources close to the Clinton campaign call a “hospital on wheels.”
Channel 7 News first began looking into the Clinton campaign’s conversion van when it was reported that Clinton’s Secret Service detail employs two almost-identical vans, with one often serving as a decoy. Clinton does not own either van. Both are maintained by the Secret Service. Federal sources did not disclose the differences between the armored vans, but Channel 7 News’ reporters’ uncovered the shocking truth.
Both vans are bulletproof versions that Explorer Vans built in-house, working with military vendor BAE systems. BAE boasts that they “design, manufacture, upgrade, and support combat vehicles and provide ammunition, precision munitions, artillery systems, and missile launchers to a global customer base.”
According to law enforcement sources, Clinton’s customized vans warehouse a state-of-the-art automated external defibrillator (AED), a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia and shocks a heart back to its normal cadence.
Additionally, the van in which Clinton normally rides is fitted with an automatic full bed in the rear, which she uses to rest between campaign stops or while on the road.
The bed converts back to a rear bench seat at the press of a button.
Sources indicate that the bed is designed in such a way as to allow medical professionals, or campaign staff, to stand upright and move around in the cabin while the van and bed are being operated. The bed sits behind the backseat captain’s chairs which do not fold down.
The second van, according to sources, is medically-equipped even further, allowing for emergency medical treatment and health care provision much like an ambulance would provide. This van, it is believed, is not used for travel by Clinton or her staff, so the rear compartments have, until this point, been largely hidden from public view.
However, Channel 7 News has obtained pictures from sources close to the campaign.
In the rear of the second conversion van is a veritable “hospital on wheels,” with seating, storage compartments, sterile conditions, and emergency electronic devices.
When fully operational, the second conversion van can allegedly be used as a mobile treatment and diagnostic center in the event that Clinton becomes incredibly ill on the campaign trail. Clinton’s traveling medical staff could perform most procedures from the rear of this van, it is believed.
The “hospital on wheels” has been retrofitted to sport:
2: Syringe driver
3: Suction unit
4: High Flow CPAP
5: Syringes and Needles
7: Additional equipment, e.g. Infusions, Intubation equipment
8: Additional equipment, e.g. CPAP-Helmet, Immobilization equipment
9: Medical gloves
12: Oxylog 3000 ventilator
13: Emergency suitcase and backpack
As further issues arise surrounding Hillary Clinton’s health and the presence of travelling medical staff, the answers to these questions may be found in the back of the Clinton campaign’s Chevrolet conversion vans.