(WNN/VOA) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was discharged from a New York hospital on Wednesday. She had been treated for a blood clot in her head.
Clinton’s discharge follows three nights at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, during which she received blood thinners to help dissolve a blood clot behind her right ear in a vein between her brain and skull. Doctors say the clot did not result in a stroke or neurological damage.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines says Clinton’s medical team “advised her that she is making good progress on all fronts, and they are confident she will make a full recovery.” Reines says Clinton is “eager to get back to the office.” Even before her release, Clinton was working the telephones.
“She has been talking to her staff, including today. She has been quite active on the phone with all of us. But she also made some calls on Saturday to a couple of foreign officials,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
The first call was to United Nations-Arab League special envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, to discuss his recent visit to Damascus. The second call was to Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani to discuss Syria, Afghanistan and financial support for the Palestinian Authority.
Clinton’s illness forced her to postpone testimony before Congress on the September attack against the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
State Department officials say she still intends to appear before the House of Representatives and Senate committees investigating that violence, and that they are working to arrange that, dependent on her health and the schedule of a new Congress.