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.
    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

    Mother of IS Supporter Says Son Was Peaceful, 'Role Model'

    Somali-American Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State militants

    Factions Shift as Civilians Die in Syrian War

    Scenario likely only to further confuse military situation on ground and potentially worsen humanitarian crisis that already has grown to epic proportions

    Presidential Hopefuls Woo Minorities, Evangelicals

    Four GOP candidates to speak at forum at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina

    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.
    As Refugees Perish, Greek Graveyards Filli
    X
    Hamada Elsaram
    February 11, 2016 8:01 PM
    Aid workers on the Greek island of Lesbos say they are struggling to bury the increasing number of bodies of refugees that have been recovered or washed up ashore in recent months.  The graveyards are all full, they say, yet as tens of thousands of people clamor to get out of Syria, it is clear refugees will still be coming in record numbers. For VOA, Hamada Elrasam reports from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video As Refugees Perish, Greek Graveyards Fill

    Aid workers on the Greek island of Lesbos say they are struggling to bury the increasing number of bodies of refugees that have been recovered or washed up ashore in recent months.  The graveyards are all full, they say, yet as tens of thousands of people clamor to get out of Syria, it is clear refugees will still be coming in record numbers. For VOA, Hamada Elrasam reports from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video To Fight Zika, Scientists Target Mosquitoes

    Mosquitoes strike again. The Zika virus outbreak is just the latest headline-grabbing epidemic carried by these biting pests, but researchers are fighting back with new ways to control them. VOA's Steve Baragona takes a look.
    Video

    Video Mosul Refugees Talk About Life Under IS

    A top U.S. intelligence official told Congress this week that a planned Iraqi-led operation to re-take the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants is unlikely to take place this year. IS took over the city in June 2014, and for the past year and a half, Mosul residents have been held captive under its rule. VOA's Zana Omar talked to some families who managed to escape. Bronwyn Benito narrates his report.
    Video

    Video Scientists Make Progress Toward Better Diabetes Treatment, Cure

    Scientists at two of the top U.S. universities say they have made significant advances in their quest to find a more efficient treatment for diabetes and eventually a cure. According to the International Diabetes Federation, the disease affects more than 370 million people worldwide. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video NATO to Target Migrant Smugglers

    NATO has announced plans to send warships to the Aegean Sea to target migrant smugglers in the alliance's most direct intervention so far since a wave of people began trying to reach European shores.
    Video

    Video Russia's Catholics, Orthodox Hopeful on Historic Pope-Patriarch Meeting

    Russia's Catholic minority has welcomed an historic first meeting Friday in Cuba between the Pope and the Patriarch of Russia's dominant Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Church split with Rome in 1054 and analysts say politics, both church and state, have been driving the relationship in the centuries since. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Used Books Get a New Life on the Streets of Lagos

    Used booksellers are importing books from abroad and selling them on the streets of Africa's largest city. What‘s popular with readers may surprise you. Chris Stein reports from Lagos.
    Video

    Video After NH Primaries All Eyes on South Carolina

    After Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, US presidential candidates swiftly turned to the next election coming up in South Carolina. The so-called “first-in-the-South” poll may help further narrow down the field of candidates. Zlatica Hoke reports.
    Video

    Video US Co-ed Selective Service Plan Stirs Controversy

    Young women may soon be required to register with the U.S. Selective Service System, the U.S. government agency charged with implementing a draft in a national emergency. Top Army and Marine Corps commanders told the Senate Armed Services Committee recently that women should register, and a bill has been introduced in Congress requiring eligible women to sign up for the military draft. The issue is stirring some controversy, as VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports from New York.
    Video

    Video Lessons Learned From Ebola Might Help Fight Zika

    Now that the Ebola epidemic has ended in West Africa, Zika has the world's focus. And, as Carol Pearson reports, health experts and governments are applying some of the lessons learned during the Ebola crisis in Africa to fight the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean.
    Video

    Video Smartphone Helps Grow Vegetables

    One day, you may be using your smartphone to grow your vegetables. A Taipei-based company has developed a farm cube — a small, enclosed ecosystem designed to grow plants indoors. The environment inside is automatically adjusted by the cube, but it can also be controlled through an app. VOA's Deborah Block has more on the gardening system.
    Video

    Video Illinois Voters Have Mixed Emotions on Obama’s Return to Springfield

    On the ninth anniversary of the launch of his quest for national office, President Barack Obama returned to Springfield, Illinois, to speak to the Illinois General Assembly, where he once served as state senator. His visit was met with mixed emotions by those with a front-row seat on his journey to the White House. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.
    Video

    Video Exhibit Turns da Vinci’s Drawings Into Real Objects

    In addition to being a successful artist, Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci designed many practical machines, some of which are still in use today, although in different forms. But a number of his projects were never realized — until today. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Heated Immigration Debate Limits Britain’s Refugee Response

    Compared to many other European states, Britain has agreed to accept a relatively small number of Syrian refugees. Just over a thousand have arrived so far -- and some are being resettled in remote corners of the country. Henry Ridgwell reports on why Britain’s response has lagged behind its neighbors.
    Video

    Video Russia's Car Sales Shrink Overall, But Luxury and Economy Models See Growth

    Car sales in Russia dropped by more than a third in 2015 because of the country's economic woes. But, at the extreme ends of the car market, luxury vehicles and some economy brands are actually experiencing growth. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.