WASHINGTON: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is resting at home in New York after being treated for a blood clot and plans to return to her office next week, the U.S. State Department said Thursday.
Clinton, 65, has suffered a series of ailments over the last month including a stomach virus, a concussion and a blood clot in a vein behind her right ear. She was released from New York Presbyterian Hospital Wednesday after a stay of several days during which she was given blood thinners to treat the clot.
Accompanied by her smiling husband, former President Bill Clinton, as well as her daughter Chelsea and several aides, Clinton walked to a waiting black van at the hospital, according to images broadcast by CNN.
Her doctors have said they expect her to make a full recovery.
“She’s looking forward to getting back to the office. She is very much planning to do so next week,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.
The State Department has said that Clinton is keeping up with work by talking to staff and receiving memos.
Nuland said Clinton Thursday called into a meeting of the Foreign Policy Advisory Board, an outside group that gives her advice.
Clinton has long said she would only serve one term as secretary of state and she is expected to step down in the next few weeks. President Barack Obama has chosen Senator John Kerry to succeed her.