15 Jul Hillary Clinton: A Blood Clot and Controversy
Hillary Clinton’s four year reign as the United States Secretary of State ended with a major medical problem and a significant political controversy. The former was a subdural hematoma (a blood clot lodged between the covering of the brain and the brain tissue). Since Mrs. Clinton was absent from the public view for many weeks, and further, was unable to testify before congressional committees investigating the tragedy at Benghazi, her many critics crowed that her absence was more political and critical.
The Clintons’ long public visibility has been characteristically contentious, and controversy over any dramatic behavior of either Clinton is almost inherent. Therefore her professed physical inability to explain publicly what caused the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, was suspect to her many political opponents. “A diplomatic illness,” said one; “apparently impeccable timing,” stated another; “purported concussion,” wrote a third. Bizarre conspiracy theories circulated: that Mrs. Clinton had a brain tumor; that she was injured in a plane crash in Iran to attend a secret meeting with the Iranian president.
Hillary Clinton was falsely accused by her detractors. She certainly was ill. The following is the story of her medical problem:
During the weekend of December 7-8, 2012, the Secretary of State developed a “stomach virus.” Subsequently she became dehydrated and fainted. A concussion resulted from the fall. On December 15th her spokesman reported: “She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors.” The subsequent news blackout of almost two weeks’ duration led to the speculation noted above.
On December 30, Mrs. Clinton was rushed to New York’s Presbyterian Hospital; silence was broken with the report that she suffered a subdural hematoma from the concussion. Her physicians detected the clot on a follow-up brain scan; there was no neurological damage. She was anticoagulated in the hospital and was released on January 2, 2013. Mrs. Clinton eventually returned to her office in the Department of State for a brief period before she retired.
My prediction: we have not heard the last from Hillary Clinton and her medical condition. Stay tuned.