Posted on December 30, 2012 · Posted in Brain Injury

Critics of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chided her, and downplayed the seriousness of her injuries, when she sustained a concussion earlier this month. They claimed she was just looking for an excuse to duck testifying before Congress about the attack on our diplomatic mission in Libya, where Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed.

Perhaps they’ll change their minds (though I rather doubt it) now that Clinton is back in the hospital. Concussions can have unexpected repercussions.

The former First Lady was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City Sunday when doctors found that she had a blood clot that apparently resulted from her concussion, according to the Associated Press.

Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines issued a statement on the matter, but  didn’t disclose where the blood clot was found.

“In the course of a follow-up exam today, Secretary Clinton’s doctors discovered a blood clot had formed, stemming from the concussion she sustained several weeks ago,” Reines said.

“She is being treated with anti-coagulants and is at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital so that they can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours,” he said. “Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion. They will determine if any further action is required.”

In mid-December Clinton fell and sustained a concussion when she was recovering from a stomach virus. After the concussion was diagnosed, Clinton had to cancel a trip to the Middle East and North Africa. She was also unable to testify before Congress about a report critical of the State Department’s lack of adequate security at the American facility in Libya.

As AP reported, blood clots can plague people who are bedridden. Clots in the brain can cause a stroke.

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Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.
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