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Clinton Expected to Recover from Clot

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Clinton Expected to Recover from Clot

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Doctors said the blood clot, which seemed to take members of the secretary of state's staff by surprise, had not resulted in a stroke or neurological damage.


Doctors for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have said that a blood clot has formed in her head, a potentially serious condition from which they nonetheless stress that they expect her to fully recover.

Mrs. Clinton, 65, was hospitalized on Sunday at NewYork- Presbyterian Hospital for the blood clot -- in a vein between the brain and the skull and behind her right ear -- and the doctors said Monday that it had not resulted in a stroke or neurological damage. They said they were trying to dissolve the clot by treating her with blood thinners.

"She will be released once the medication dose has been established," according to the statement from Dr. Lisa Bardack and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi.

Clots like the one Mrs. Clinton has can be serious, said doctors not involved in her care. Dr. David Langer, a brain surgeon and an associate professor at the North Shore-Hofstra-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine, said that if this type of clot were to go untreated, it could cause blood to back up and could lead to a hemorrhage inside the brain.

Mrs. Clinton's doctors struck an upbeat tone in their statement. "In all other aspects of her recovery, the secretary is making excellent progress, and we are confident she will make a full recovery," it said. "She is in good spirits, engaging with her doctors, her family and her staff."

The sudden turn in Mrs. Clinton's condition appeared to take her aides by surprise. As recently as Sunday afternoon, they thought that she was on the mend and ready to return to work this week.

"Yep, she's looking forward to getting back to the office this week and resuming her schedule (plan is Wednesday)," a close aide, Philippe Reines, replied to an e-mail inquiry.

But by 7:30 p.m. Sunday, all that had changed. Mrs. Clinton, who had been home for more than two weeks nursing injuries sustained after she fainted and hit her head, suffering a concussion, had been admitted at NewYork-Presbyterian with an ominous diagnosis: a blood clot stemming from the concussion, Mr. Reines said.

Instantly, the woman who, before even announcing, has been widely viewed as a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, someone who has spent the past four years keeping up a grueling schedule in which she racked up miles as the most-traveled secretary of state and visited 112 countries, was seeming uncharacteristically fragile.

Instead of talking about who might be her running mate, or how she had, even on Monday, again been named the most admired woman in the United States in a Gallup poll, the chatter on the Potomac shifted to talk about how, at the end of the day, she is a 65-year- old woman trying to recover after falling and hitting her head.

This being Washington, there was plenty of political finger- pointing.

On Twitter, those sympathetic to Mrs. Clinton lashed out at Republican critics who had accused her of faking her illness. BuzzFeed helpfully chronicled the top "eight people who thought Hillary Clinton was faking her concussion" because she did not want to testify before Congress on the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. …

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