Hillary Clinton expected to make full recovery from blood clot in her head

US secretary of state eager to return to work one month after doctors ordered her to rest

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 January, 2013, 4:46am


US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left a New York hospital after three days of treatment and is expected to make a full recovery from a rare blood clot in her head.

The 65-year-old diplomat was forced to spend New Year's Eve in hospital.

"Her medical team advised her that she is making good progress on all fronts, and they are confident she will make a full recovery," said a top aide, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines.

He said that America's top diplomat was "eager to get back to the office".

Earlier, Clinton appeared in public for the first time in almost a month when she came out of a building at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, accompanied by her smiling husband, former president Bill Clinton, as well as her daughter, Chelsea.

It was the first time Hillary Clinton had been seen in public since suffering a stomach virus on returning from a trip to Europe on December 7, which triggered a series of health scares, and doctors to order her to rest.

Reines did not say when the secretary would return to work though, promising only to issue an update in coming days.

He did not say where she was going to rest, but she has a home in Chappaqua, New York. The health scare, which has grounded the normally indefatigable secretary of state, came as she prepares to step down after four busy years in office later this month.

She will most likely hand the baton to Senator John Kerry, who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to replace her.

Kerry's appointment will have to be confirmed by the new Senate, but as a veteran, well-respected senator, he is expected to sail through his confirmation hearing.

Clinton has been largely credited with helping to restore America's image abroad in the past four years, and Obama has said that he had begged her to extend her term.

But the former first lady and senator has admitted to being exhausted after being in the public eye for almost two decades. As secretary of state she has flown almost 1.6 million kilometres and visited 112 countries, tirelessly promoting democracy and what she calls "smart power".