Fauci spotted jumping into action at the Gridiron dinner after a woman passed out and hit her head

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A woman reportedly collapsed at the Gridiron Club’s star-studded dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night – and was tended to by none other than Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The incident came to light thanks to a now-viral tweet currently being circulated online, in which a speechwriter recounted how the US’s foremost infectious disease expert jumped into action when eventgoers asked if there was a doctor in the house.

Shared on Sunday by West Wing Speechwriter Chandler Dean, the tweet described how he and others looked on as the unnamed attendee lay on the floor of the event unmoving, after falling and hitting her head on a table.

Dean recalled how fellow revelers at the exclusive black-tie gala, attended by the likes of former vice president Mike Pence and Secretary of State Anthony Blinkenquickly gathered to help the woman, but were unsure of how to help her. 

Eventually, one of the attendees rushed to find a doctor, and reportedly arrived back with Fauci, who despite stepping down from his hallowed post as the White House infectious disease expert in December, was able to revive the woman – with the pair even reportedly posing for a picture afterwards.

Fauci spotted jumping into action at the Gridiron dinner after a woman passed out and hit her head

A woman collapsed at the Gridiron Club’s star-studded dinner in Washington DC Saturday night, according to a speechwriter’s tweet – and was tended to by none other than Anthony Fauci (seen here during the now-viral incident)

Shared Sunday by speechwriter Chandler Dean, a tweet laid bare the incident, and how he and others sought a doctor after the woman had fell and hit her head on a table

Shared Sunday by speechwriter Chandler Dean, a tweet laid bare the incident, and how he and others sought a doctor after the woman had fell and hit her head on a table

‘Last night at the Gridiron Dinner in D.C., maybe 10 feet from me and [fellow West Wing Speechwriter Sarah Gruen], a woman collapsed, hit her head on a table, and was laying on the floor without moving,’ wrote Dean, in a tweet Sunday

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The post, within nine hours of being published, has already been viewed more than 1.6million times, and has garnered more than 10,000 likes. 

‘People gather trying to help, but no one is sure what to do,’ Chandler continued, before going on with the heartwarming anecdote. 

‘Someone goes to find a doctor… They found one,’ the White House staffer wrote.

An accompanying photo would then show the now-82-year-old Fauci standing over the still downed woman, who is obscured by the table she reportedly struck during her spill.

The doctor is seen smiling as the unseen woman seemingly responds to his impromptu treatment – which, while unknown, was reportedly offered at the drop of the hat.

Resharing a follow-up post from a fellow attendee that shed further light on the incident, Dean - a four-year vet of the presidential speechwriters group - revealed the woman was OK, and now had quite the party story despite the alleged ordeal

Resharing a follow-up post from a fellow attendee that shed further light on the incident, Dean – a four-year vet of the presidential speechwriters group – revealed the woman was OK, and now had quite the party story despite the alleged ordeal

Another attendee, Sarah Gruen, who witnesses the incident wrote in a tweet: 'POV: you’re Dr. Fauci, and you look up from the patient to see Sarah and Chan cheering you on'

Another attendee, Sarah Gruen, who witnesses the incident wrote in a tweet: ‘POV: you’re Dr. Fauci, and you look up from the patient to see Sarah and Chan cheering you on’

Resharing a follow-up post from a fellow attendee that shed further light on the incident, Dean – a four-year vet of the presidential speechwriters group – revealed the woman was OK, and now had quite the party story despite the alleged ordeal.

‘Thankfully, she was okay,’ wrote fellow speechwriter Eric Schnure in his update, which was shared roughly three hours after his friend’s.

Schnure’s post would go on to reveal that after the reported rescue, Fauci even went as far as to pose with his unannounced patient, who, by all accounts, made a full recovery.  

 ‘The good doctor posed for a photo with her, documenting one of the best ‘only in Washington’ stories of all time,’ the speechwriter joked, after penning another post that seemingly sought to make light of the unconfirmed scare.

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‘Is the world’s most famous doctor in the house?’ Schnure’s tongue-in-cheek assessment of the ordeal read.

The reported incident came on a night where high-profile Democrats and Republicans put aside their respective differences to break bread for one of the most hallowed, black-tie events in all of Washington.

Fauci – who after 54 years heading the NIH stepped down in December – was among those in attendance, joined by figures such as Blinken, Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and Pence, who used his time on the podium to slam his former running mate Donald Trump for the January 6 insurrection.

The former Indiana governor would also enflame rumors that he, like Trump, is currently mulling his own preidential run come 2024.

‘I will wholeheartedly unreservedly support the Republican nominee for president in 2024. If it’s me,’ the Republican said, while distancing himself from his embattled former running mate.

Fauci, meanwhile, has continued to face criticism over his handling of the pandemic, now that the CDC and NIH have largely done away with mask and vaccine mandates, conceding they were not as effective as fighting the virus .

Initially a revered figure during his championing of such lockdowns and mask mandate measures, Fauci has also come under scrutiny in recent months for his repeated assertions a lab played no part in the virus’ origins.

Many have since expressed belief Fauci lied to Congress and secretly funded ‘gain-of-function’ research, potentially killing ‘millions of people.’ 

Speaking to Nature late last year in one of his last interviews before retiring, Fauci attempted to put to bed speculation over Covid’s origin and virus-tinkering experiments at the Wuhan lab– amid allegations he lied to Congress and secretly funded gain-of-function research. 

The NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain of function research in the Wuhan Institute,’ he said, despite conceding it had indirectly funded the Wuhan virus lab. 

In May 2021, during the height of the pandemic, Fauci  appeared before a Congressional budget committee to defend the NIH’s allocating of $600,000 to EcoHealth Alliance, which then paid the Wuhan Institute of Virology to study the risk that bat coronaviruses could infect humans.

He said: ‘I would have been almost a dereliction of our duty if we didn’t study this, and the only way you can study these things is you’ve got to go where the action is.

‘You don’t want to study bats in Fairfax County, Virginia, to find out what the animal-human interface is that might lead to a jumping of species.

‘So we had a modest collaboration with very respectable Chinese scientists who were world experts on coronavirus, and we did that through a sub-grant from a larger grant to EcoHealth.’

He added: ‘The larger grant was about $600,000 over a period of five years. So it was a modest amount. The purpose of it was to study the animal-human interface, to do surveillance and to determine if these bat viruses were even capable of [infecting humans].’

Exactly what constitutes gain-of-function has been debated – a possible point of contention when it comes debunking Fauci’s assertions. 

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