Former President Bill Clinton divulged on Wednesday that it took former secretary of state Hillary Clinton ‘six months of very serious work’ last year to recover from a fainting spell in December 2012 that resulted in a concussion and blood clot.
Her long recovery is ‘something she never low-balled,’ Bill said.
But Bill’s timeline contradicts the State Department’s claims just after the conclusion of Hillary’s treatment in January 2013 that ‘she seems to be fully recovered.’
Hillary Clinton took ill at some point the week of December 9, 2012, just as she was supposed to testify before a Congressional committee about the terrorist attack that took four American lives in Benghazi, Libya three months before.
After falling in her home, Clinton incurred a concussion. The State Department did not say what day the accident occurred, but it described her concussion on December 13 as ‘not severe.’
It was not until December 15 that State explained Clinton’s accident was related to a stomach virus that caused her to become dehydrated and faint.
At that time, a State Department spokesman claimed that Clinton would be working from home the following week and would be ‘staying in regular contact with Department and other officials.
‘Clinton continued to stay at home for the following two weeks, and on December 30, a State Department spokesman announced that he had found a blood clot ‘in the course of a follow-up exam’ and that she was being ‘treated with anti-coagulants and is at New York-Presbyterian Hospital so that they can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours.’
The following day, Clinton’s doctor’s released a statement describing the location of the clot as in ‘the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear.’
‘It did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage,’ the statement said.
On January 2, doctors sent Clinton home from the hospital, and on January 7, Clinton returned to work.
It was on Clinton’s first day back in the office that State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that ‘judging by the woman we saw this morning and the workload that she’s got she seems to be fully recovered.’
Clinton did not appear before Congress until the following month, leading some Republicans to speculate about the timing and seriousness of her hospitalization.
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