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Hillary Clinton Remains Hospitalized with Blood Clot

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a news conference after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, Dec. 5, 2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a news conference after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, Dec. 5, 2012
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in a New York hospital, after doctors discovered a blood clot while performing a follow-up exam for a concussion she suffered earlier this month. 

At a news conference early Monday about the September attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman expressed his concern.

"We just want to say how much Secretary Clinton is in our prayers this morning and hope she recovers rapidly from this health problem," he said. "She's not only been a great secretary of state, she is a personal friend."

Clinton has been ill in recent weeks with a stomach virus that forced her to cancel travel plans and public appearances, including a congressional hearing on Benghazi.  Two weeks ago, she fainted, fell and suffered a concussion.

This is not the first time Clinton has suffered from 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 I have 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.

Dr. James Ecklund, the chairman of Neuro Sciences at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia, just outside of Washington, says it is not necessarily surprising that someone like Clinton would be susceptible to a blood clot.

"It's not a real normal thing in the general population but if you're inactive for a period of time and I would say with all of Mrs. Clinton's plane travel that certainly can be a contributing factor," said Dr. Ecklund.

But Ecklund says it would be wrong to draw any connection between the blood clot and Clinton's recent illness or her fall, which resulted in a concussion.

"There is really no relations between concussion and blood clot except in the case where concussion may make someone a little less mobile for a period of time," said Dr. Ecklund.

Still, Baltimore-based Dr. Jeffrey Quartner says there is reason for concern.

"When you cut yourself, for example, blood clots to stop you from hemorrhaging," he said. "But when it's inside the body it presents with particular problems and those problems are really related to where the blood clot is."

Quartner is medical director for the MedStar Heart Network and says quick treatment is the key.

"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.  That can cause significant problems with breathing that can potentially be life threatening," he said.

Quartner says in most cases where patients get timely medical treatment "the recovery is quite brisk," although depending on where the clot occurred there may be a need to continue with medication.

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. 

Some information for this report was provided by AP.


  • 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: Our Amazing Diamond ! from: The US
January 01, 2013 4:31 AM
Hillary Clinton - A Wonderful Diamond not only of The USA but also The Whole World.
She will be in our Hearts forever and ever.
Forever, all her Noble Contributions for The USA and Mankind will be our Everlasting Gratitude.
It’s so difficult to prevent tears when hearing that she has got to the hospital two times for her sicknesses…
Why has she gotten sick?
Because, continually, She has worked so hard for all our Happiness, in the very tense and difficult situations of The USA and The World recently.
Let’s pray for her with all our Hearts continually!
And we always trust that, God will cure her as well as revover her Health, soon and wonderfully.

by: William from: Argentina
December 31, 2012 3:45 PM
As we used to say in Argentina: FUERZA HILLARY CANEJO!!, She is, in my personnal opinion, with Madeleine Allbright , Henry Kissinger, indeed the most remarkable and efficient Secretaries of State of USA for times with a analogy with the Israeli Chancelor Tzipi Livni, if this message is to known by some people, please that whom ask to the Vicars of your Spiritual religion,,to yourselves and your fellows in faith, for the better, also quick recovery of Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, she desserves it because shes a great woman, a key Funtionary for the world, beside God and Humanity believer. Do what you can do, but do it. As my American Master in mysticism write me and i can tell because its no confidential we can send stronghold to affect positively people with our actions Thanks very much, and a fully happy new year 2013, I apretiate and bless you, dear family Clinton, Hillary, William and Chelsea

by: eric charles smith from: denver, colorado
December 31, 2012 1:56 PM
One has to wonder whether she's healthy enough to run for president in 2016. Not to mention GOP operatives who will claim all her illnesses are contrived to evade testifying about Benghazi. They're already trying to short-cut any White House aspirations she may have.

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