Clinton to undergo surgery for elbow fracture

June 19th, 2009 - 7:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, June 19 (IANS) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will undergo surgery for her fractured right elbow, the State Department said.
Clinton, 61, was taken to George Washington University Hospital, where doctors determined the break would require an operation, the New York Times quoted State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley as saying.

“She is at home, resting comfortably, or uncomfortably,” he said Thursday.

Clinton had the accident when she was walking to her car in the basement of the State Department Wednesday evening. She was going to a meeting with President Obama, accompanied by the administration’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard C. Holbrooke.

Holbrooke said: “She struggled to get up to go to the meeting, but the pain was very intense.”

Still lying on the ground, she instructed Holbrooke to go without her and reminded him to brief the president about a visit to Afghanistan planned by the State Department’s new ambassador for women’s issues, Melanne Verveer, the Times reported Friday.

The surgery has not been scheduled yet, officials said.

Clinton was scheduled to go next week to a meeting of the foreign ministers of G8 countries in Italy and a European security meeting on the Greek island of Corfu.

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