Clinton suffers concussion, forced to stay home
WASHINGTON: Globe-trotting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hit her head and suffered a concussion while battling a nasty stomach bug, officials said on Saturday, forcing her to stay home for a second week.
“While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion,” Clinton’s top aide Philippe Reines said in a statement.
The news came just as Clinton, 65, had been expected to testify on Thursday to US lawmakers about the findings of a highly anticipated investigation into September’s militant attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
The normally indefatigable Clinton, who in her four years as the top US diplomat has travelled almost a million miles visiting 112 countries, was “recovering” but plans to stay away from the office next week. “She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors,” Reines added. At their recommendation, Clinton “will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials.” There are also a slew of Christmas festivities planned at the State Department next week that Clinton had planned to host. Clinton has already been out of the public eye for the past week, after she had to cancel a trip to North Africa when she contracted the stomach virus on her return from a five-day visit to Europe. agencies