U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery after being hospitalized for a blood clot in her head, her rep explained in a statement.
Clinton is "making excellent progress" and is receiving blood thinners to dissolve the clot after being admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Dec. 30, 2012. Clinton, 65, will remained hospitalized until doctors establish a proper medication dosage.
“This is a clot 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," said her doctors. "To help dissolve this clot, her medical team began treating the secretary with blood thinners. She will be released once the medication dose has been established.”
The blood clot in Hillary's head was discovered a few weeks ago shortly after she fainted, fell, and suffered a concussion at her home. Hillary previously suffered a blood clot in her knee in 1998, when her husband Bill was president.
Even before her illness, Hillary had planned to step down as secretary of state at the beginning of President Barack Obama’s second term. Obama has named Massachusetts senator John Kerry, 69, to succeed Clinton.
Hillary, who plans to spend 2013 resting after a hectic four years of traveling around the world, is considered a potential front-runner as a Democratic presidential candidate for 2016.