US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) leaves New York
Presbyterian Hospital with husband Bill (top) and daughter
Chelsea (C). REUTERS/Joshua Lott
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been discharged
from a New York hospital after being treated for a blood clot
near her brain and her doctors expect her to make a full
recovery, the State Department said.
Clinton, who has not been seen in public since December 7,
was at New York-Presbyterian Hospital under treatment for a
blood clot behind her right ear that stemmed from a
concussion she suffered in mid-December, the department said
The concussion was the result of an earlier illness,
described by the State Department as a stomach virus she had
picked up during a trip to Europe that led to dehydration and
a fainting spell after she returned to the United States.
"Secretary Clinton was discharged from the hospital this
evening. Her medical team advised her that she is making good
progress on all fronts, and they are confident she will make
a full recovery," Philippe Reines, a deputy assistant
secretary of state, said in a statement.
Reines said Clinton was "eager to get back to the office."
Earlier, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told
reporters at her daily briefing Clinton had been talking with
her staff by telephone and receiving memos.
Clinton also spoke to two foreign officials - the UN envoy on
Syria and the prime minister of Qatar - on Saturday, the day
before the State Department disclosed the blood clot and her
stay at the hospital.
In a statement released by the State Department on Monday,
Clinton's doctors said she was being treated with blood
thinners and would be released from the hospital once the
correct dosage had been determined.