'Sounding terrific, upbeat and raring to go': Hillary Clinton to return to work next week in Washington but advised to avoid international travel
Hillary Clinton, 65, left New York-Presbyterian Hospital looking relaxed with daughter Chelsea and husband Bill by her side on Wednesday
After three days of treatment for blood clot in vein behind her ear, her medical team reports that she is making 'good progress on all fronts'Secretary Clinton was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday after a follow-up exam found a blood clot in her headIs now recovering at family's Chappaqua home outside of ManhattanExpects to return to her Washington office next weekDoctors have advised her to avoid international travel for now
attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.
'She is committed to testifying, and we are working with the committees on an appropriate set of dates,' Nuland said.
The Secretary of State's illness has prevented her from appearing before the committee in Washington, which was become a point of contention among detractors.
As Clinton recuperates, her family has been on hand to offer support.
Her daughter Chelsea assured
supporters late on Wednesday that her mother was on the road to recovery
and would soon bounce back to her normal schedule.
On Wednesday, a
beaming Bill Clinton and a smiling Chelsea emerged with the family
matriarch outside the Manhattan hospital, which marked Hillary Clinton's
first public appearance since December 7.
Finally leaving: Hillary Clinton was alone in the car with her security team when she finally left New York-Presbyterian Hospital after being formally discharged on Wednesday
Rest: The Secretary of State is expected to make a full recovery and will rest at home while doing so
Secretary Clinton, dressed in a dark
fur-lined coat and sunglasses, held tightly to her daughter's hand as
she walked down the steps outside the hospital on West 168th Street in
Wearing a black puffy coat to brave
the chilly New York temperatures, Chelsea appeared self-assured as her
mother leaned on her for support.
there was initial confusion on Wednesday afternoon about whether
Secretary Clinton's appearance outside the hospital meant that she was
actually discharged from the hospital, the Clinton's daughter confirmed
in the evening that her mother had indeed been released.
'Grateful my Mom discharged from the
hospital & is heading home. Even more grateful her medical team
confident she'll make a full recovery,' she tweeted.
you to the doctors, nurses & staff at New York Presbyterian
Hospital Columbia University Medical Center for taking great care of my
After the family's
appearance Wednesday afternoon, Secretary Clinton was driven to a medical facility across
the street where she is believed to have undergone various medical
tests. She returned to the hospital around a half hour later and then
later on Wednesday evening left the hospital by herself.
It is thought that the Clinton is recovering at the
family's house in the upscale New York suburb of Chappaqua.
Recovering: Hillary Clinton was driven
to a medical facility across the street from the hospital on Wednesday for tests and then officially discharged
Back to work: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton grins widely as she is driven away from New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is already actively engaging with her staff, a spokesperson said
bought the home, located only a 40-minute drive outside of Manhattan,
in 1999 and have used it as their primary residence for much of the last
Local media in the quiet community reported that police were attempting to keep the press away from the sprawling home.
A New Castle Police Officer said that
members of the media are not allowed to park on the road that leads to
the Clinton home, according to the Chappaqua-Mount Kisco Patch.
'Please let her recover as quickly as possible but without paparazzi,' one local resident Nora Mackenzie commented on the local news website.
A State Department spokesman had said on Wednesday that Clinton was already getting back to work on paperwork and was engaging with her staff in Washington, who have been charged with handling U.S. foreign policy in her absence.
'She's been quite active on the phone with all of us,' State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said, adding that she has been in regular phone contact with her foreign counterparts.
A-okay: Former President Bill Clinton grins as he leaves New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday just hours before his wife Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was formally discharged
Home to rest: The Clintons purchased this home in the New York suburb of Chappaqua in 1999 for $1.7million
Her short public appearance on
Wednesday seemed to signal that she was ready to get back to work
following an unspecified recovery period, though some detractors
suggested her health condition could keep her out of the running for a
rumored presidential bid in 2016.
scoffed that perhaps the outgoing Secretary of State was using her
health scare to avoid facing a Congressional inquiry on State Department
security failures in the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in
She was admitted to the hospital on Sunday after an MRI revealed the
clot. According to BuzzFeed, a hospital source said that she received treatment in a VIP wing on the hospital's ninth floor.
Her doctors announced that she was
being treated for the condition on Monday, causing alarm over the
secretary's health following a concussion she suffered from a fall on
Monday statement, Dr. Lisa Bardack, of the Mt. Kisco Medical Group, and
Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi, from George Washington University, said the clot
'did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage.'
the assurances, people became alarmed when a photo emerged of Chelsea Clinton looking distraught and anxious as she visited her mother at
the hospital on Monday.
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Early on: Chelsea Clinton looked distressed on Monday while visiting her mother (pictured) but by Wednesday the 32-year-old appeared more upbeat as she supported her mother
Chelsea, who is married to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky and lives in the Madison Square Park neighborhood of Manhattan, is extremely close to her family.
In a Vogue profile of Chelsea, who entered the limelight in 1993 when her father became president, a friend of the Clinton's only child said the loss of her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Rodham, last year came as a devastating blow.
Her childhood friend, Nicole Fox, said in August 2012 that death of her mother's mother 'was the hardest thing I’ve ever seen Chelsea
go through. She was really destroyed by it.'
But after the pained expression on Monday, Chelsea Clinton displayed more optimism in a New Year's Day message.
all a healthy & happy 2013,' Chelsea Clinton tweeted on Tuesday.
'Grateful to be starting the new year with my family.'
Relief: Chelsea tweeted that her mother was formally discharged on Wednesday evening
Health scare: Hillary Clinton's doctors discovered the clot during a follow-up exam on Sunday and confirmed it was in her head on Monday
Clinton also thanked the public via Twitter for their support for her mother.
'Thank you to all for sending good thoughts my Mom's way,' she wrote.
'Grateful to all her doctors & that she'll make a full recovery!'
Chelsea Clinton has always enjoyed a close relationship with her parents and is increasingly becoming a political force in her own right.
She was a fixture during her mother's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 and has not been shying away from the spotlight with speaking engagements, her gig as a correspondent for NBC and her political advocacy for LGBT issues.
But for now, the poised and glamorous scholar is committed to being by her mother's side.
Grateful: Chelsea tweeted from her mother's bedside on New Year's Day
Optimism: Chelsea also thanked the public via Twitter for their support while her mother is hospitalized
Former President Bill Clinton had also been spotted driving to and from his
wife's side at New York-Presbyterian Hospital during his wife's stay at the hospital.
the Monday statement announcing Clinton's condition, doctors assured
the public that it was not a life-threatening condition and said she had
suffered no brain damage or stroke.
'In all other aspects of her recovery, the Secretary is making
excellent progress and we are confident she will make a full recovery.
She is in good spirits, engaging with her doctors, her family, and her
staff,' Doctors Lisa Bardack and Gigi El-Bayoumi said in a statement.
A clot occurs when a blockage builds
up, either from partial thrombus (coagulated blood) or an outside
compression. When the vein becomes blocked, the coagulated blood may
extend to veins draining the area, which could lead to a lack of oxygen
and tissue death.
The condition was discovered during an MRI but leading up to the discovery.
Political force: Clinton is known as President Obama's most popular cabinet members – and among the names mentioned for a possible 2016 presidential run
Medical care: Clinton was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital so doctors could monitor her medication
FULL RECOVERY EXPECTED: CLINTON'S DOCTORS RELEASE STATEMENT ABOUT BLOOD CLOT
'In the course of a routine follow-up MRI on Sunday, the scan revealed that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed.
This is a clot in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear. It did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage.
To help dissolve this clot, her medical team began treating the Secretary with blood thinners. She will be released once the medication dose has been established.
In all other aspects of her recovery, the Secretary is making excellent progress and we are confident she will make a full recovery. She is in good spirits, engaging with her doctors, her family, and her staff.'
—Dr Lisa Bardack, Mt. Kisco Medical Group, and Dr Gigi El-Bayoumi, George Washington University
For Clinton, 'the particular vein
they're talking about, there are enough other areas for the blood to
travel through so it doesn't build up in the brain,' Dr Sanjay Gupta
said on CNN.
The condition can be treated with blood thinners administered over several months until the clot breaks down.
Doctors kept her under their watchful eye as they adjusted the dose of her anti-clotting medication.
Her hospital stay near the turn of the new year came after she had spent weeks recovering from a concussion.
and doctors say Clinton contracted a stomach virus in early December
and became dehydrated, then fainted, fell and hit her head on December
She was diagnosed with a concussion on December 13 and hadn't been seen in public since Dec. 7.
The new health scare brought back
some painful memories for the former first lady, who suffered a large
blood clot in her leg back in 1998.
In a 2007 interview with the New York Daily News, Clinton called the 1998 clot 'the most significant health scare I've ever had.'
First family: Mrs Clinton is pictured with daughter Chelsea Clinton and husband Bill during the closing Plenary session of the seventh Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in 2011
Most clots in the legs are
treated with six months of blood thinners to allow them to dissolve on
their own and to prevent further clots from forming, he said.
A clot in a lung or the brain is more
serious. Lung clots, called pulmonary embolisms, can be deadly, and a
clot in the brain can cause a stroke.
Clinton's illness this December led her to cancel an
overseas trip and scheduled testimony before Congress about the attack
on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
her absence was reported, several pundits and newspapers accused
Clinton of making her illness seem worse than it was to dodge questions
from lawmakers over the consulate attack, which claimed the lives of
four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
The New York Post called her concussion a 'head fake.'
Rep Allan West said Clinton had a case of the 'Benghazi flu,' while Fox
News contributor Charles Krauthammer dubbed it an 'acute Benghazi
Earlier this week, The National Enquirer
reported that brain cancer was behind Mrs Clinton's health problems and
that she was facing a barrage of medical tests to confirm the
'Stamina:' At 65 years old, Clinton bragged to Barbara Walters just days before fainting in early December that she is healthy and has plenty of energy and stamina
But a spokesman for the Democrat, spokesman Philippe Reines, labelled the claims 'absolute nonsense' and insisted Clinton was recovering well from the fall and subsequent concussion.
Only days before her concussion Clinton had said she was in excellent health during an interview with Barbara Walters.
HILLARY'S DIAGNOSIS: TREATING TRANSVERSE SINUS VENOUS THROMBOSIS
Hillary Clinton has a blood clot located in the vein in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear, a condition called transverse sinus venous thrombosis.
The transverse sinus is located beneath the brain and allows blood to drain from the back of the head. It is the most common sites for clots inside the head, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
A clot occurs when a blockage builds up, either from partial thrombus (coagulated blood) or an outside compression. When the vein becomes blocked, the coagulated blood may extend to veins draining the area, which could lead to a lack of oxygen and tissue death.
For Clinton, 'the particular vein they're talking about, there are enough other areas for the blood to travel through so it doesn't build up in the brain,' Dr Sanjay Gupta told CNN.
Symptoms and signs can include headache, nausea, vomiting and seizures, although the condition was detected in Clinton with a routine MRI scan following her treatment for concussion.
Doctors questioned whether this concussion, paired with the fact Hillary had a similar clot in her leg in 1988, led to the condition.
'You don't typically see blood clots forming in veins after this sort of concussion,' Dr Gupta said. 'She is somebody who has formed these blood clots before. There are some people who more likely develop blood clots. Does she clot more vigorously than normal That with the brain injury – the concussion – could have led to it.'
The condition can be treated with blood thinners administered over several months until the clot breaks down.
Other treatments include using a shunt to drain pressure on the brain or surgery – yet doctors said neither are necessary for Clinton.
'The most concerning thing was… the fact that this could be a blood clot pushing on her brain,' Dr Gupta said. 'That's not what this is. You wouldn't treat something like that with blood thinners. It's not a mass or a collection of blood pushing on the brain but it is something you'd want to address fairly quickly.'
Detractors have claimed Clinton's advancing age and health make her too old to realistically serve as a two-term president were she elected in 2016.
'I am, thankfully, knock on wood, not only healthy, but have incredible stamina and energy,' Clinton told Barbara Walters.
Clinton has a history of fainting, having experienced a brief spell in in 2005 during an appearance before a women's group in Buffalo.
The former first lady is expected to step down from her role as Secretary of State in the beginning of 2013 when President Obama begins his second term.
On December 21, President Obama announced he was nominating Senator John Kerry to succeed Clinton at the State Department.
At a State Department press conference in January 2012, she announced that she would be stepping down from the 'high wire of American politics' after 20 years as first lady, a senator from New York, and finally U.S. Secretary of State.
She told reporters at the press conference that 'it would be a good idea to find out how tired I really am.'