Hillary Clinton Falls Down and Strikes Head

Posted on 16 Dec 2012 at 3:11pm

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has fallen, struck her head, and suffered a concussion. Clinton was at home when she fell last week. Her doctors, Dr. Lisa Bardack of the Mount Kisco Medical Group and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi of George Washington University said, “Secretary Clinton developed a stomach virus, leading to extreme dehydration, and subsequently fainted. Over the course of this week we evaluated her and ultimately determined she had also sustained a concussion,” The New York Times.

The statement said they were able to determined she suffered a concussion by examination and questions. It was not disclosed whether she ever lost consciousness. The Associated Press reports she fainted before falling. She is reported resting at home.

Clinton, 65, apparently was dehydrated AP said, after traveling more than any previous secretary of state. She has a busy travel schedule, particularly as she is trying to get as much work done as possible before retiring. Numerous US and foreign papers were reporting Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., was the front runner for her job. The extent of her injuries were not disclosed. An aide said she was being monitored by doctors at her home, and continuing to work from there.

Her spokesman, Phillip Reines, told: “While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion. … She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors. At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office soon.”

She was to appear before Congressional hearings next week on Benghazi. Last week she canceled an overseas trip. One of the chief signs of the seriousness of a concussion is whether the victim became unconsciouness, though serious brain damage can be caused even while remaining alert.