Clinton back home after treatment for clot

2013-01-03 09:17

Washington – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been released from a New York hospital, three days after doctors discovered a blood clot in her head.

Clinton’s medical team advised her last night that she was making good progress on all fronts and said they are confident she will fully recover, said Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines.

Doctors had been treating Clinton with blood thinners to dissolve a clot in a vein that runs through the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear.

“She’s eager to get back to the office,” Reines said in a statement, adding that the secretary and her family are grateful for the excellent care she received at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Reines said details of when Clinton will return to work will be clarified in the coming days.

Clinton had been in the hospital since Sunday, when doctors discovered the clot on an MRI test during a follow-up exam stemming from a concussion she suffered earlier in December. While at home battling a stomach virus, Clinton had fainted, fallen and struck her head, a spokesman said.

“Grateful my Mom discharged from the hospital and is heading home,” Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, wrote on Twitter. “Even more grateful her medical team (is) confident she’ll make a full recovery.”

Earlier yesterday, the State Department said Clinton had been speaking by telephone with staff in Washington and reviewing paperwork while in the hospital.

“She’s been quite active on the phone with all of us,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

Before being released from the hospital, Clinton was photographed yesterday getting into a black van with her husband, Bill, Chelsea and a security contingent to be taken elsewhere on the sprawling hospital campus. The last time Clinton had been seen publicly was on December 7.

Clinton’s physicians had said Monday that there was no neurological damage but they planned to keep her in the hospital while they established the proper dose for the blood thinners.

They said Clinton (65) had been in good spirits and was engaging with doctors, family and aides.

Clinton had expected to return to work this week and had already started to resume regular phone contact with her foreign counterparts.

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