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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.
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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.

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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.

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