Hil­lary Clin­ton sent to New York hospi­tal with a blood clot

Sec­re­tary of state, who fell at home ear­lier this month, will be mon­i­tored.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Mathew Lee

Her doc­tors dis­cover the clot dur­ing a fol­low-up exam on a con­cus­sion she suf­fered last month.

WASHINGTON — Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton was ad­mit­ted to a New York hospi­tal Sun­day af­ter the dis­cov­ery of a blood clot stem­ming from a con­cus­sion she suf­fered ear­lier this month.

Clin­ton’s doc­tors dis­cov­ered the clot Sun­day while per­form­ing a fol­low-up exam, her spokesman, Philippe Reines, said. He would not elab­o­rate on the lo­ca­tion of the clot but said Clin­ton is be­ing treated with anti-co­ag­u­lants and would re­main at New York-Pres­by­te­rian Hospi­tal for at least the next 48 hours so doc­tors can mon­i­tor the med­i­ca­tion.

“Her doc­tors will con­tinue to as­sess her con­di­tion, in­clud­ing other is­sues as­so­ci­ated with her con­cus­sion,” Reines said in a state­ment. “They will de­ter­mine if any fur­ther ac­tion is re­quired.”

Clin­ton, 65, fell and suf­fered a con­cus­sion at home in mid-De­cem­ber as she re­cov­ered from a stom­ach virus that left her se­verely de­hy­drated. The con­cus­sion was di­ag­nosed Dec. 13, and Clin­ton was forced to can­cel a trip to North Africa and the Mid­dle East that had been planned for the next week.

Clin­ton was also forced to can­cel Dec. 20 tes­ti­mony be­fore Congress about a scathing report into the Sept. 11 at­tack on the U.S. diplo­matic mis­sion in Beng­hazi, Libya, that killed Am­bas­sador Chris Stevens and three other Amer­i­cans. The report found that se­ri­ous fail­ures of lead­er­ship and man­age­ment in two State De­part­ment bu­reaus were to blame for in­suf­fi­cient se­cu­rity at the fa­cil­ity. Clin­ton took re­spon­si­bil­ity for the in­ci­dent be­fore the report was re­leased, but she was not blamed.

Some con­ser­va­tive com­men­ta­tors sug­gested Clin­ton was fak­ing the se­ri­ous­ness of her ill­ness and con­cus­sion to avoid tes­ti­fy­ing, although State De­part­ment of­fi­cials ve­he­mently de­nied that was the case.

Law­mak­ers at the hear­ings — in­clud­ing Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the Se­nate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee chair­man who has been nom­i­nated by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama to suc­ceed Clin­ton — of­fered her their best wishes.

Hil­lary Clin­ton will be held in the hospi­tal for at least 48 hours.

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