US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital
today after doctors discovered a blood clot related to a concussion she suffered
earlier this month when she fainted and fell down.
"In the course of a follow-up exam today, Secretary Clinton's doctors discovered
a blood clot had formed, stemming from the concussion she sustained several
weeks ago," her spokesperson and deputy assistant secretary of state, Philippe
Clinton, 65, is expected to remain at New York Presbyterian Hospital for the
next 48 hours so doctors can monitor her condition and treat her with
anti-coagulants, Reines said.
"Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues
associated with her concussion. They will determine if any further action is
required," Reines said in a statement.
Reines did not specify where the clot was discovered.
Clinton fell and suffered a concussion while at home alone in mid-December as
she recovered from a stomach virus that left her severely dehydrated. The
concussion was diagnosed on December 13.
She was scheduled to return to work at the State Department this week after
being away for the past three weeks. Her illness forced her to bow out of
testifying December 20 before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the deadly
attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Deputies Thomas Nides and Bill
Burns appeared in her place.
The medical setback comes as Clinton is wrapping up her busy tenure as secretary
of state, during which she has logged more than 400 travel days and nearly a
million miles. She plans to step down from the post if and when Senator John
Kerry, President Barack Obama's choice to replace her, is confirmed by the
Clinton is considered a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination
in 2016, although she has not announced plans to run, US media reported.