Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, has left hospital after spending three days undergoing treatment for a blood clot in her head.She was spotted driving away from New York-Presbyterian hospital with husband Bill, daughter Chelsea and an aide. It was unclear whether she was discharged from the hospital. The Associated Press claimed she briefly left for further testing.
Earlier the state department confirmed Mrs Clinton had been speaking to members of staff on her phone.
Mrs Clinton, America’s top diplomat, was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday after a routine scan found the clot in a vein behind her right ear in the space between her skull and her brain.
Her doctors said in a statement on Monday that she was being treated with blood thinners at the New York Presbyterian Hospital and she would be released once they felt they had established the right medication dose.
Doctors Lisa Bardack, from the Mount Kisco Medical Group, and Gigi El-Bayoumi, of George Washington University, said in their statement that Mrs Clinton had not suffered a stroke or any neurological damage.
“In all other aspects of her recovery, the secretary is making excellent progress and we are confident she will make a full recovery. She is in good spirits, engaging with her doctors, her family, and her staff,” they said.
The globe-trotting diplomat has not been seen in public for almost four weeks, since succumbing to a stomach virus on returning from a trip to Europe on December 7, which forced her to cancel a planned visit to North Africa.
The effects of the stomach bug caused her to become dehydrated. She then fainted and suffered a concussion, which is thought to have brought on the blood clot.
After her fall, Mrs Clinton, who has travelled almost a million miles in her four years in office, was ordered to rest by doctors.
But Ms Nuland said that on Saturday, before the MRI at the hospital revealed the clot, Mrs Clinton had spoken for about 30 minutes with the UN-Arab League peace envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi.
She also spoke by phone with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani to discuss the situation in Syria, as well as about the “need to support the Palestinian Authority” and Afghanistan.
“So she has begun to pick up her regular phone contact with some of her counterparts,” Nuland said.
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