2nd Ld Writethru: Clinton leaves hospital after blood clot treatment
WASHINGTON, Jan 02, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton has left a New York hospital where she has been treated
for a blood clot, U.S. media reported on Wednesday.
CNN footage showed that Clinton walked down the steps and
entered a black van on her own, and left New York-Presbyterian
Hospital on Wednesday afternoon. She was accompanied by her
husband, former President Bill Clinton, her daughter Chelsea and
But it is still unclear if she has been formally discharged
from the hospital, according to the reports.
Earlier the day, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland
told reporters that Clinton had kept in touch with her staff by
phone while she was being treated with blood thinners in the
"She has been talking to her staff, including today. She's been
quite active on the phone with all of us," she said at a regular
Nuland added that on Saturday, before the blood clot was
announced, Clinton had spoken by phone with UN-Arab League envoy
on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, and Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh
Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani regarding the situation in Syria.
Clinton was hospitalized with a blood clot in her head on
Sunday. Her doctors said that the blood clot was situated in a
vein between her brain and skull behind the right ear.
However, they noted that the chief U.S. diplomat had not
suffered any "stroke or neurological damage," and they predicted
that she should make a "full recovery."
Clinton has encountered a number of health problems recently.
On Dec. 15, she fainted and hit her head, consequently sustaining
Prior to that, she canceled her scheduled trip to North Africa
and the Middle East due to a stomach virus.
Clinton, 65, has said she will step down as secretary of state
when President Barack Obama finishes his first term later this
month. Due to her illness, Clinton was forced to cancel her
scheduled testimony before Congress on Dec. 20 for the deadly
attack on U.S. consulate in Benghazi and was also absent when
Obama nominated Democratic Senator John Kerry as her successor on
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