News / USA

Hillary Clinton Making 'Excellent Progress' Doctors Say

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department in Washington, DC, January 6, 2011.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department in Washington, DC, January 6, 2011.
TEXT SIZE - +
VOA News
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton " is making excellent progress" as she recovers from a blood clot in her head.

A statement issued from her medical team said a scan discovered the clot in the space between her brain and her skull, but that it did not result in a stroke or any neurological damage.

Doctors Lisa Bardack and Gigi El-Bayoumi said they "are confident she will make a full recovery" and that she "is in good spirits, engaging with her doctors, her family, and her staff."

The statement, issued late Monday, said the secretary of state is being treated with blood thinners and will be released once the medication dose has been established.

What led to discovery

Progression of ailments that landed U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the hospital:

Dec. 10, 2012: Stomach virus forces cancellation of plans to attend Friends of Syria meeting in Morocco.

Dec. 15, 2012: Official: She fainted, fell at home and suffered a concussion earlier in the week after becoming dehydrated due to the stomach virus.

Dec. 30, 2012: Hospitalized after a blood clot stemming from the concussion is found during a follow-up exam.
Clinton was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Sunday, after doctors discovered a blood clot while performing a follow-up exam for a concussion she suffered two weeks ago, when she fainted due to dehydration from a stomach virus.

Clinton's illness forced her to cancel travel plans and public appearances in recent weeks, including a congressional hearing about the deadly events at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11.

Doctor Raj Narayan, chair of neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, told the Reuters news agency Clinton's "condition is not very common, but it certainly happens".

Narayan, who is not treating Clinton, said Clinton's fall could have triggered the production of a blood protein that causes blood to clot.

Fast response

Baltimore-based Doctor Jeffrey Quartner told VOA Monday that for any type of blood clot, quick treatment is critical.

"The most concerning aspect of a blood clot is that it can break off, form what's called an embolus, meaning a moving clot through the system, and end up in your lungs," he said.  "That can cause significant problems with breathing that can potentially be life threatening."

But Quartner says in most cases where patients get timely medical treatment "the recovery is quite brisk,"

Medical history

This is not the first time Clinton has suffered a blood clot.

During a 2007 interview with the New York Daily News, Clinton said she got a blood clot when she was first lady.  She told the newspaper she experienced a “terrible pain” behind her right knee as she campaigned on behalf of New York’s Democratic Senator Charles Schumer.

Clinton said the 1998 incident was the most significant health scare she ever had.

Since becoming the top U.S. diplomat of state, Clinton has been active on the world stage, visiting 112 countries and becoming the most traveled secretary of state in U.S. history.

Officials expect Secretary of State Clinton to remain at the hospital through Tuesday.

Clinton plans to step down in January, after U.S. President Barack Obama is inaugurated for a second term.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the State Department in Washington, July 25, 2012.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to reporters as he tours Shwedagon Pagoda with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Rangoon, Burma, November 19, 2012.
  • Actress Meryl Streep uses her iPhone to get a photo of her and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton following the Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, December 1, 2012.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meets with Australian officials upon her arrival in Perth, November 13, 2012.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures as she addresses journalists after meeting with the High Representative for EU Foreign Policy Catherine Ashton, Sarajevo, Bosnia, Tuesday, October 30, 2012.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, and U.S. Ambassador to United Nations Susan Rice listen as President Barack Obama addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 25, 2012.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton watching a replay of former president Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention, September 6, 2012.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, center, pays her respects after signing the guest book for Ghana's late President John Atta Mills' funeral in Accra, Ghana, August 10, 2012.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, at his home in Qunu, South Africa, August 6, 2012.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after speaking to the press at Suu Kyi's residence in Rangoon, Burma, December 2, 2011.

You May Like

Abuja Blast Impacts Lives, Livelihoods

Officials say they are looking at ways to help bombing victims and boosting security More

Cambodia Technology Adviser Criticizes Cybercrime Draft Law

Phu Leewood says current criminal code can be used to prosecute offenders and that there is no need for a separate law More

Photogallery A Year Later, Boston Remembers Deadly Marathon Bombings

City pauses to honor victims and salute emergency workers who came to their assistance in frantic moments after blasts More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: heshukui from: china
January 02, 2013 10:09 AM
Wishes! Wish you recover again! You are the one that we fight for human rights hope!


by: david lulasa from: tambua,hamisi,vihiga,keny
January 02, 2013 5:39 AM
may she smile again and for along time here on earth..amen,in jesus name.


by: *** In God We Trust *** from: The USA
January 02, 2013 5:20 AM
Let’s go on praying for our Amazing Diamond everlastingly!
Because, her Health is just our Happiness.


by: Niki from: Southern California
January 01, 2013 9:43 PM
I am so relieved that our very much beloved and highly esteemed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is making progress. This woman is so exceptionally strong, so intelligent, and such a national treasure. I have been worried about her because I know that she puts everyone else first. Get well soon, Ms. Hillary! Focus on yourself for just a little bit, please. We love you! And we need you!


by: mom from: USA
January 01, 2013 3:32 PM
As the most traveled Secretary of State in our history, our hats go off to Mrs. Clinton for her commitment to our country. We hope she gets some well deserved rest and makes speedy and complete recovery.


by: Anonymous
January 01, 2013 2:34 PM
Gods be with you


by: doubleducks from: USA
January 01, 2013 2:33 PM
Amazing how quickly the word comes out that she is healing just fine without any permanent problems as soon as the blogosphere erupted in speculation that her health problems might make her unfit for presidential office. Too bad her memory of the previous four months has been permanently erased. But she won't need those to serve as president.


by: MJH from: New Hampshire
January 01, 2013 2:11 PM
I feel more comfortable about a potential president with two blod clots on record than I did with a VP (Cheney) with a history of heart disease, heart attacks and open heart surgery.


by: Grammi from: home
January 01, 2013 1:31 PM
A history of blood clots does not sound like a good candidate for the presidency.


by: Neri from: Philippines
January 01, 2013 12:39 PM
Salute to this exceptional woman. Get well soon!
Prayers from the Philippines.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Google Buys Drone Companyi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
George Putic
April 15, 2014
In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.
Video

Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
Video

Video Passover Celebrates Liberation from Bondage

Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. Zlatica Hoke reports that the story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.
Video

Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
Video

Video In Eastern Ukraine, Pro-unity Activists Emerge from Shadows

Amid the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine, there is a large body of activists who support Ukrainian unity and reject Russian intervention. Their activities have remained largely underground, but they are preparing to take on their pro-Moscow opponents, as Henry Ridgwell reports from the eastern city of Donetsk.
Video

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
Video

Video UN Report Urges Speedier Action to Avoid Climate Disaster

A new United Nations report says the world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report (Sunday) following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. The comprehensive review follows two recent IPCC reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent report what to do about it. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
AppleAndroid