WASHINGTON, January 01 (RIA Novosti) – US State Secretary Hillary Clinton’s doctors said Monday she was expected to fully recover from health problems caused by a blood clot that had formed in her head, American media reported.
The announcement late Sunday that Clinton, 65, had been admitted to a hospital in New York for treatment of the blood clot was the latest in a string of recent health woes to hit the top US diplomat, widely regarded as leading contender to succeed President Barack Obama in the White House.
According to the New York Times, the clot was discovered between the brain and the skull and behind Clinton's right ear, but doctors said it had not caused any neurological damage, adding that she was being treated with blood thinners to try to have the clot dissolved.
“She will be released once the medication dose has been established,” the publication cited a statement from Dr. Lisa Bardack and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi.
American media were awash with speculation earlier Monday on the exact nature and seriousness of Clinton’s health problems following news of her hospitalization.
While the announcement from Clinton's longtime spokesman, Philippe Reines, referred to a blood clot, it did not specify where the clot had been detected, prompting feverish speculation by medical experts quoted in US media on how dangerous it might be to her health.
Clinton, who announced earlier this year that she would step down as Secretary of State in January, has not been seen in public since early December. The State Department said she was unable to testify before Congress at a hearing on the Sept. 11 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, as a result of illness.
In its account of Clinton’s hospitalization, The New York Times earlier quoted a brain surgeon as saying that blood clots are most common either in the leg or in a large vein in the head and noting that the latter, if untreated, can cause a hemorrhage in the brain.
In his statement, Reines said that Clinton’s “blood clot had formed, stemming from the concussion she sustained several weeks ago”—an injury the State Department said occurred when Clinton fainted due to dehydration resulting from a stomach virus she contracted on a trip to Europe.
His causal linkage of the blood clot and the concussion suggested that the clot might be in her head, a situation that medical experts indicated could be more serious than a clot in a leg.
“A clot in a lung or the brain is more serious” than a clot in a leg, The Huffington Post said, paraphrasing explanations from a neurologist at Georgetown University Medical Center.
In an article on the CNN website however, neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta downplayed speculation that the blood clot could be in or near the brain.
Reines said Clinton was being treated with anti-coagulants—blood-thinning drugs—noted Gupta, a CNN employee and a personal friend of Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
“I think it’s very unlikely this is a blood clot on the top of the brain or around the brain specifically, because you just don’t treat blood clots on the brain that way,” Gupta said.
In an article under the headline “How Serious Is Hillary Clinton’s Blood Clot and Hospitalization?”, The Daily Beast reported that Clinton was treated with anti-coagulants in in 1998 after she developed a blood clot behind her right knee.
“The absence of information makes it very difficult—impossible, actually—to know whether Secretary Clinton is truly ill or simply in the midst of one of the routine bumps one receives known as middle age,” The Daily Beast opined, appealing to “Kremlinologists” to add to the speculation on her state of health.
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- Iranian ExpatDie You Worthless Prunned Faced Old Hag01:59, 01/01/2013The world will be a better place, and certainly safer, without this ignorant Israeli agent.
- bielecNo regrets here...12:50, 01/01/2013She's done her share in killing innocent people, patriots, and freedom fighters worldwide.
This may be from too much thinking about the so called "smart politics" which simply means using non-state clients, like mercenaries and terrorists, to advance her policy goals. Also, from unsuccessful thinking how best to incite a color revolution in Russia.
Politics is not her cup of tea. She is not good at it. She is visibly too power hungry and too self-important. Some personal issues as well as being an Israeli puppet really destroyed her reputation.
I still have not witnessed one political initiative or one political statement that she delivered with honesty and moral integrity. Her departure from politics is well overdue and truly appreciated.
- bielecHappy New Year02:31, 02/01/2013Once again, I want to ask you to post comments within a reasonable time. Under the same article, for example this one, some comments appear immediately, while other comments are published with a few day delay.
What is the point of publishing comments after the article scrolls off the front page and is not read anymore?
This creates an impression that either you have to send some comments for approval and this process takes a long time, or you deliberately delay certain comments for political reasons. In either case, this is not helping your credibility. A vast majority of media outlets around the world post reader comments within minutes.
This is what I wish RIA Novosti in 2013.
- rochefortfrancoisbla bla bla02:50, 02/01/2013I wonder if she was able to get health care insurance..
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