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by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 31, 2012) — Reports on Monday stated that “doctors” at New York Presbyterian Hospital report that Hillary Clinton has a blood clot between the brain and the skull.
The alleged medical group treating Clinton is described as “tight-lipped,” as very little information has been released on Clinton’s condition since she left public view after December 7. The same Associated Press story has been reproduced by various news outlets and ties her current health to a prospective run for president in 2016.
On Sunday, the location of the blood clot was not identified.
In early November, Clinton was asked to testify to Congress on the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya which led to the deaths of four Americans, but her spokesman stated that Clinton had a scheduling conflict because of a trip to Australia.
Earlier this month, Clinton allegedly had been suffering from a stomach virus and had canceled a trip to Morocco. On December 15, a State Department spokesman reported that Clinton had become dehydrated from the virus, fainted, then fallen and hit her head, causing a concussion. Clinton was then unable to testify about Benghazi, as expected by members of Congress, for December 20. The State Department had said on December 14 that Clinton’s testifying was “not a done deal.”
On Saturday, ABC News reported:
According to a U.S. official, the secretary had two teams of doctors, including specialists, examine her after the fall. They also ran tests to rule out more serious ailments beyond the virus and the concussion. During the course of the week after her concussion, Clinton was on an IV drip and being monitored by a nurse, while also recovering from the pain caused by the fall.
However, ABC acknowledged that details about Clinton’s condition as provided by the State Department had been “sparse.”
Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, was reported to have visited her mother on Monday after which she looked “anguished.”
Medical reports issued earlier on Monday indicated that the blood clot could have been located elsewhere than in the brain, such as in the leg. Clinton had to have emergency medical treatment for a blood clot in her knee five years ago, although some reports say the clot developed in 1998. An NBC medical consultant had questioned why a statement had not been issued from New York Presbyterian Hospital or an attending physician instead of the State Department. One medical consultant said, “It is uncommon for a concussion alone to cause a blood clot.”
Another medical consultant said that based on the course of treatment given to Clinton, “it was most likely that the clot was not located in Clinton’s brain.” Before the news of the blood clot allegedly being located in Clinton’s head was released on Monday, ABC News also reported:
Dr. Neil Martin, the head of Neurovascular Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center, said blood thinners are often given for blood clots in the legs, and it is “very unusual” for anticoagulants to be given for blood clots in the head.
Later on Monday, NBC News medical consultant Dr. Robert Bazell stated that “routinely…most people…would get a CT Scan after they had a concussion to make sure that they don’t have a blood clot in the brain,” which said could be “very dangerous.” Given the potential seriousness of a concussion, The Post & Email had questioned at the outset why there were no reports of immediate medical treatment for Mrs. Clinton. On December 15, ABC News reported that “No ambulance was called and she was not hospitalized, according to a state department official.” Reports varied as to where and in whose presence the fall occurred.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, claimed that four State Department employees who allegedly resigned after an Accountability Review Board issued its report on the Benghazi murders had simply been reassigned to other duties, leading to an “attempt to purposely misdirect the American public.” Ros-Lehtinen had indicated at that time that Clinton “will be coming up to D.C. She must testify about Benghazi and now must testify about this other web of lies. They could be mincing words, parsing words, ‘well we didn’t really say they would be on the payroll’ but they sure made it sound that way. She’s got a lot of explaining to do.”
From whence was Clinton going to “come up?” A report from Sunday which stated that the Clintons were vacationing in the Dominican Republic for New Year’s remains unconfirmed. As of Sunday evening, Clinton was reportedly in a New York hospital.
On December 20, Ros-Lehtinen had said that Clinton had agreed to testify “before mid-January.” In addition to NBC and CNN using the term “sidelined,” CBS news used it on December 31. Do they all employ the same writers?
On December 28, NBC News reported that Clinton was expected to return to work in the near future.
Clinton’s physicians have reportedly said that she is making “excellent progress” and have predicted a “full recovery,” according to the Associated Press. But will she be recovered enough to testify to Congress on Benghazi?
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