Jan 2, 2013 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was discharged from New York Presbyterian Hospital Wednesday evening and her medical team is confident she will “make a full recovery.”
The State Department issued a statement saying Clinton’s medical team advised her she was “making good progress on all fronts.”
“She’s eager to get back to the office, and we will keep you updated on her schedule as it becomes clearer in the coming days,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines said in the statement. “Both she and her family would like to express their appreciation for the excellent care she received from the doctors, nurses and staff at New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical Center.”
Clinton was said to be speaking with staff and reviewing paperwork while continuing to recover, according to the State Department.
Earlier Wednesday, she was spotted getting into a van. She was accompanied by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and members of her staff. It was not clear if Clinton was taken off the grounds or to another hospital building.
Hillary Clinton was admitted to the hospital on Sunday and was being treated with blood thinners to dissolve a clot in a vein behind her right ear. Doctors found the clot during a follow-up exam stemming from a concussion she suffered in early December.
Former President Clinton had been seen driving to and from his wife’s side at the Washington Heights hospital over the past few days.
The anxiety over Secretary Clinton’s condition, experts said, is akin to seeing that road obstruction you just avoided in the rear view mirror. It isn’t a threat anymore, but it underlines just how bad things could have been.
“It can cause a stroke. It can be fatal. It can also lead to seizures; to epilepsy,” said neurosurgeon Dr. Ezriel Kornel.
On Tuesday morning, an apparently relieved Chelsea Clinton tweeted an upbeat message – “Thanks to you all for sending good thoughts my mom’s way. Grateful to all her doctors that she’ll make a full recovery.”
Hillary Clinton’s doctors said she did not suffer a stroke or any neurological damage, and that she has been making great progress.