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Clinton released from hospital after treatment for clot

AP, WASHINGTON

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been released from a New York hospital, three days after doctors discovered a blood clot in her head.

Clinton’s medical team advised her on Wednesday evening that she was making good progress on all fronts and said they are confident she will fully recover, Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines said.

Doctors had been treating Clinton with blood thinners to dissolve a clot in a vein that runs through the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear.

“She’s eager to get back to the office,” Reines said in a statement, adding that the secretary and her family are grateful for the excellent care she received at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Reines said details of when Clinton will return to work will be clarified in the coming days.

Clinton had been in the hospital since Sunday, when doctors discovered the clot on an MRI test during a follow-up exam stemming from a concussion she suffered earlier in December. While at home battling a stomach virus, Clinton had fainted, fallen and struck her head, a spokesman said.

Earlier on Wednesday, the State Department said Clinton had been speaking by telephone with staff in Washington and reviewing paperwork while in the hospital.

The last time Clinton had been seen publicly was on Dec. 7.

Clinton’s physicians had said on Monday that there was no neurological damage, but that they planned to keep her in the hospital while they established the proper dose for the blood thinners.

Sidelined by her illness for most of December, Clinton was absent on Dec. 21 when US President Barack Obama nominated Democratic Senator John Kerry to succeed her when she steps down at the start of Obama’s second term, as had long been planned. The illness also forced to cancel scheduled testimony before Congress about a scathing report into the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, although she could still testify in the future.

Clinton had expected to return to work this week and had already started to resume regular phone contact with her foreign counterparts.

The illness has also raised questions about Clinton’s political future and how her health might influence her decision about whether to run for president in 2016, as Democrats have been urging her to consider.

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