WHEN DID IT OCCUR, AND WHAT TREATMENT DID SHE RECEIVE?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 15, 2012) — On Saturday, it was reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly became dehydrated, fell and suffered a concussion days before she was scheduled to testify to a joint Congressional committee on December 20.
Clinton was reported to have had a stomach flu last week and rendered unable to travel to the Middle East, where she had been scheduled to address the “Friends of the Syrian People,” a Syrian opposition group recognized by a coalition of 100 countries seeking to depose dictator Bashir Assad. It is believed that Al Qaeda and other terrorist elements are fighting Assad alongside the Syrian rebels over the last 18 months of civil war. On December 11, the Obama regime identified a group named the Al Nusra Front, or Jabhat al Nusra, as an “Al Qaeda affiliate” in advance of the meeting in Morocco which Clinton had been expected to attend and to which the State Department reportedly “did not issue a statement.”
A Middle East analyst has suggested that Stevens might have known or have been involved in discussions about arms transfers to Syrian rebels from his post in Libya.
In early November, Clinton had been asked to testify to the events of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya, in which Amb. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were murdered, but she reportedly declined, citing a “scheduling conflict” because of a trip to Australia.
The same State Department spokesman reported Clinton’s alleged concussion following the stomach flu announcement of December 10. A Florida congresswoman had asked Clinton to make available “State Department officials” to the joint committee investigating the Benghazi attack. While Congress had announced that Clinton would testify this coming week, on December 13, the State Department indicated that it was “not a done deal.”
The House Foreign Affairs Committee had considered Clinton scheduled to answer questions this coming Thursday regarding a report prepared by a State Department special review group, the Accountability Review Board, on the Benghazi attack which had first been characterized as a reaction to an anti-Islamic video but which the CIA identified as a the work of terrorists within 24 hours. However, her unnamed doctors are now reportedly recommending that Clinton “work at home” this week. There is no report of where Clinton might have received treatment for the concussion.
The State Department did not specify the day or time of the alleged fainting and concussion. MSNBC is reporting that it occurred “days ago” and that Clinton had fainted once before, in 2005, from a stomach flu.
A piece which could be satirical or an attempt to confirm the report on Clinton’s alleged concussion states that she now “can’t testify” on Thursday.
Following a concussion, typical medical treatment is as reported by one medical source as:
The doctor will make sure that there are no severe or life-threatening injuries first and then will further evaluate the severity of the head injury.
History of the injury: If you can, give the doctor the following details about the injury:
- How long the person may have been unconscious.
- Details about how the injury happened, such as the speed of travel in a car accident, the height of a fall, or the size of the person or object that hit the victim.
Past medical history: Tell the doctor about the history of any of the following:
- Current medications, especially warfarin (Coumadin) or platelet inhibitors clopidogrel (Plavix) and aspirin and dipyridamole (Aggrenox)
- Allergies to medications
- Prior head injury or concussion, neurologic injury, or surgeries
- Bleeding disorder or history of easy bleeding or bruising
During the physical examination, the doctor will:
- Assess normal neurologic function such as reflexes and mental status.
- Examine the patient for other associated injuries, such as a neck injury or whiplash, that are common with head injury.
- Inspect for bleeding from the ears or nose as well as bruising around the eyes or behind the ears that is commonly seen with certain types of fractures to the base of the skull.
Symptoms of a concussion can include confused thinking, nausea and vomiting, seeing bright lights, and experiencing convulsions, or seizures. According to the Mayo Clinic, a concussion is “a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Effects are usually temporary, but can include problems with headache, concentration, memory, judgment, balance and coordination.”
How could Clinton possibly be expected to “work at home” directly following a concussion? Why is she not in the hospital for observation? Where was she treated? According to Mayo, “every concussion injures your brain to some extent. This injury needs time and rest to heal properly.”
The Centers for Disease Control, which is operated by the federal government, states that “People with a concussion need to be seen by a health care professional. If you think you or someone you know has a concussion, contact your health care professional. Your health care professional can refer you to a neurologist, neuropsychologist, neurosurgeon, or specialist in rehabilitation (such as a speech pathologist). Getting help soon after the injury by trained specialists may speed recovery.”
Last summer, Obama’s former Commerce Secretary reportedly suffered a seizure, took time off for medical leave, and then resigned without any formal physician’s statement. When U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who has documented epilepsy, had a seizure while on vacation in Maine, he was hospitalized overnight for observation and given a neurological exam.
On September 16, United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice had stated on five Sunday news shows that the violence resulted from a spontaneous protest. Talking points provided by then-CIA Director David Petraeus were later found to have been changed to omit references to Islamic terrorism. Libyan President al-Magariaf had said on the same day that it was a well-planned event, although when asked by CBS News’s Bob Schieffer, he did not specifically mention Al Qaeda. Al-Magariaf stated that he believed that terrorists had infiltrated Libya from Mali and Algeria.
The UK Daily Mail reported on Friday that Rice appeared on the talk shows because Clinton had been “too tired” to appear herself. The same source suggested that Clinton might not testify in front of the congressional committees if the report commissioned by the State Department investigative group is not completed. Clinton praised Rice before Rice withdrew her name for consideration as Clinton’s successor as head of the State Department.
On September 12, a Libyan news service quoted al Magariaf the following day as characterizing the event as an “attack.” At the same time, in reference to the death of Amb. Stevens, the report stated that “The consular official had died after clashes between Libyan security forces and Islamist militants around the consulate building” and that the violence stemmed from the video.
Obama’ reported reaction as stated by Libyan TV was “The attacks received no immediate attention from the White House, however, Obama has now said he condemns the “outrageous attack”. ” Al-Jazeera reported in April 2011 that “Despite rhetoric of promise, Obama’s policy in Libya is fuelled by insider politics and motives.”
Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma has called what occurred in Benghazi as “the biggest coverup in history.”
The Post & Email contacted the Washington, DC Police Department to ask for a copy of the 911 recording which might have been made after Clinton’s fall to summon an ambulance, as it reportedly occurred in her office at the State Department on “C” Street NW. We were connected to the police department’s Public Information Officer, who told us that we would have to submit a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain a copy of the 911 call. When we asked why an emergency call would not be public information, he said he did not know. When we asked him if he had heard about what had reportedly happened to Secretary Clinton, he said, “No, this is the first I’ve heard of it.”