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Clinton rests at home after elbow surgery

June 19, 2009 at 4:49 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rested at home Friday after undergoing a two-hour surgery on her right elbow, the State Department said.

"Her doctors at the George Washington University Hospital have advised her that they expect her to make a full recovery without lasting damage to her arm," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters. "After the surgery, she returned to her home, where she is now and where she will remain with her family through the weekend."

Clinton banged her elbow Thursday when she took a tumble while going to the White House. Kelly said her arm was in a cast. He said he didn't know how long the cast would be needed.

She did not transfer acting secretary of state power for the two hours she was under a general anesthetic, Kelly said.

"As I understand it," he said, " there is no formal requirement for her to do that, for the secretary to do that. And I don't believe it was done formally."

No details were given regarding Clinton's schedule or travel plans for the near future.

Topics: Ian Kelly
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