Clinton taken to hospital over blood clot
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been admitted to a New York hospital after the discovery of a blood clot.PT0M28S http://www.dailylife.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2c29s 620 349 December 31, 2012
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a blood clot in a vein between her brain and skull, but doctors predict she will make a full recovery.
They say a scan has revealed a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis, or a clot in the vein in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear.
The blood clot was discovered during a follow-up examination on Sunday after she suffered a concussion earlier this month. Fortunately, it hasn't resulted in a stroke or any neurological damage.
In hospital ... US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Photo: Reuters
A State Department senior adviser, Philippe Reines, said Mrs Clinton was being treated with anti-coagulants at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, where she would be monitored for the next 48 hours.
‘‘Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion,’’ he said. ‘‘They will determine if any further action is required.’’
Mrs Clinton sustained a concussion when she fell on December 15. It was reported at the time she had been dehydrated while suffering from a stomach virus. The virus forced her to withdraw from talks in Morocco over the Syrian crisis.
While recovering from the virus and concussion she delayed her testimony before a Congressional committee over the State Department’s response to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
At the time some Republican critics accused her of over-playing her illness to avoid the testimony. On Sunday a Republican consultant and former Senate press secretary, Matt Mackowiak, apologised on Twitter for questioning the seriousness of Mrs Clinton's condition.
Mrs Clinton is set to retire from her post in the coming days to be replaced by Senator John Kerry.
While there had been mounting excitement in Democratic circles around the country that she was retiring to prepare for a presidential campaign in 2016, there have been persistent rumours in Washington’s diplomatic circles that she was suffering from a long-term illness.
There is no evidence to support the rumours, though Mrs Clinton herself had commented on her exhaustion when asked about her presidential plans.
Mrs Clinton, 65, has won widespread admiration for her performance as the nation’s top diplomat, travelling an estimated 1.6 million kilometres in 400 days over the past four years.
Gallup's 2012 list of women most admired by Americans had Clinton at No.1, with 21 per cent of those surveyed naming her as the woman they most looked up to. It is the 11th straight time that Mrs Clinton has topped the annual poll, and the 17th altogether - a first for Gallup.