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US Secretary of State Clinton Back at Work

Jan. 7, 2013
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was returning to work Monday after being hospitalized last week for treatment of a blood clot, according to the US State Department.

The 65-year-old was released Wednesday from a New York City hospital, four days after being admitted for treatment of a blood clot between her brain and skull. Doctors said she was treated with blood thinners.

Clinton is scheduled to meet with senior staff Monday morning at the State Department in Washington. She is to hold meetings Tuesday and Wednesday at the White House, as well as to greet the new US ambassadors bound for Ireland and South Africa.

She hosts Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday at the State Department, with additional Karzai meetings on Friday.

Clinton, who plans to leave office soon after President Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term on January 20, suffered a concussion when she fell last month while weakened from a stomach virus.

The blood clot was discovered during a follow-up examination.

It was located in a large vein that drains blood from the brain. Left untreated, the condition could have caused pressure to build on the brain and led to a stroke, experts said.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Friday that Clinton was "looking forward to getting back to the office." Clinton's doctors have advised her to avoid international travel "for a little bit," Nuland said.

Obama has nominated Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, to replace Clinton.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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