Hillary Clinton Discharged, Expected To "Make a Full Recovery"

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Jan. 3 2013 9:43 AM

Hillary Clinton Is Out of the Hospital

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinto, seen here at a Dublin conference in early December, is expected to make a full recovery

Photo by Kevin Lamarque/AFP/Getty Images.

Hillary Clinton was discharged yesterday from a New York hospital where she had spent the last several days being treated for a blood clot in her head. The New York Times with the refresher for those who haven't been following along:

The news of her release was the first welcome sign in a troubling month that grounded Mrs. Clinton — preventing her from answering questions in Congress about the State Department’s handling of the lethal attack on an American mission in Libya or being present when President Obama announced Senator John Kerry as his choice for her successor when she steps down as secretary of state. ...
Mrs. Clinton, 65, was admitted to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital on Sunday after a scan discovered the blood clot. The scan was part of her follow-up care for a concussion she sustained more than two weeks earlier, when she fainted and fell, striking her head. According to the State Department, the fainting was caused by dehydration, brought on by a stomach virus. The concussion was diagnosed on Dec. 13, though the fall had occurred earlier that week.
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Clinton's blood clot was said to be in a vein that drains blood from the brain. Such blockages can lead to hemorrhages or strokes if left untreated, making the whole ordeal a rather serious health scare for the secretary of state and her family. In a statement, her office said that she's "making good progress on all fronts" and that her doctors "are confident she will make a full recovery."

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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