Clinton leaves hospital after treatment for blood clot

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was released from a New York hospital Wednesday, three days after doctors discovered a blood clot in her head.

Members of Clinton's medical team advised her Wednesday evening that she was making good progress on all fronts and said they are confident she will fully recover, said Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines. Doctors had been treating Clinton with blood thinners to dissolve a clot in a vein that runs through the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear.

"She's eager to get back to the office," Reines said in a statement, adding that the secretary and her family are grateful for the excellent care she received at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Reines said details about when Clinton will return to work will be clarified in the coming days.

Clinton, 65, had been in the hospital since Sunday, when doctors discovered the clot during an MRI test as part of a follow-up exam for a concussion she suffered earlier in December. While at home battling a stomach virus, Clinton had fainted, fallen and struck her head, a spokesman said.

"Grateful my Mom discharged from the hospital and is heading home," the secretary's daughter, Chelsea, wrote on Twitter. "Even more grateful her medical team (is) confident she'll make a full recovery."

Earlier Wednesday, the State Department said Clinton had been speaking by telephone with staff in Washington and reviewing paperwork while in the hospital. "She's been quite active on the phone with all of us," said spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

Before being released from the hospital, Clinton was photographed Wednesday getting into a black van with her husband, Bill, Chelsea and a security contingent to be taken elsewhere on the sprawling hospital campus. The last time Clinton had been seen publicly was Dec. 7.

Sidelined by her illness, Clinton was absent Dec. 21 when President Barack Obama nominated Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to succeed her when she steps down at the start of Obama's second term, as had long been planned. The illness also forced her to cancel scheduled testimony before Congress about a scathing report on the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, although she could testify in the future.

The illness has also raised questions about Clinton's political future and how her health might influence her decision on whether to run for president in 2016, as prominent Democrats have urged her to consider.

Clinton leaves hospital after treatment for blood clot 01/02/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 9:39pm]

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