2nd Ld Writethru: Hillary Clinton discharged from hospital: State Department
WASHINGTON, Jan 02, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton has been officially discharged from a New York hospital
after she was treated for a blood clot, the State Department said
"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," her spokesman Philippe Reines said in a statement.
"She's eager to get back to the office, and we will keep you
updated on her schedule as it becomes clearer in the coming days,"
Earlier in the day, CNN footage showed that Clinton walked down
steps, 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 an aide.
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."
During a briefing on Wednesday, 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 hospital.
"She has been talking to her staff, including today. She's been
quite active on the phone with all of us," she said.
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 has encountered a number of health problems recently.
On Dec. 15, she fainted and hit her head, consequently sustaining
a concussion. 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, Libya, and was also absent
when Obama nominated Democratic Senator John Kerry as her
successor on Dec. 21.
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