June 18th, 2009
04:04 PM ET
6 years ago

Hillary Clinton nursing fractured elbow

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes remarks at the State Department on Wednesday.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes remarks at the State Department on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was working from home Thursday after fracturing her right elbow the day before during a fall, State Department officials said.

Clinton fell Wednesday afternoon at the State Department on her way to the White House and was taken to George Washington University Hospital. She was treated and released. She will have surgery to repair her elbow in coming weeks.

Clinton was with Richard Holbrooke, President Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, when she fell.

"Secretary Clinton appreciates the professionalism and kindness she received from the medical team who treated her this evening and looks forward to resuming her full schedule soon," said department spokeswoman Cheryl Mills.

Philip Crowley, an assistant secretary of state, said President Obama was one of the first people to call Clinton Wednesday night.

Clinton was at home "resting comfortably, or uncomfortably. She is working from home. She is already taking some calls, and I'm sure starting to learn the limits of movement - how well you can text with one arm in a sling," Crowley said.

–CNN's Paul Courson contributed to this report.

Updated: 4:04 p.m.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. xavier

    I wish Clinton a speedy recovery. She is one tough, and intellegent lady.

    June 18, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. The Other Michael in Houston

    Gives a new meaning to "go get em Madam Secretary, break a leg...or arm in this case........stop stop stop back away from the keyboard Clinton worshipers it's just a joke. Seriously, get well Hill, we need someone to keep a close eye on Iran, since our President is sitting on the fence. Yes Republicans, even though we supported President Obama does not mean we give him a free pass, unlike most you did with Dubbaya. While you so called conservatives think us President Obama supporters will accept anything our President says and does, most of don't. We hold him accountable and to a high standard, just like when Bush was their. Surprised?

    June 18, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. zago

    Poor baby

    June 18, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Stephen

    was that during the fall, or after the fall? I bet after.

    June 18, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Travis In Colorado

    I wish Sec. Clinton a speedy recovery, I don't like to see anyone hurt or in pain. God speed Madam Secretary!

    June 18, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Pround Democrat

    I'm not a Hillary fan, but I hope she recovers promptly.

    June 18, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. fed-up

    Never really liked her, but OUCH! Get well soon H

    June 18, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. Abel

    Hillary contnue with your Good work

    June 18, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Jimmy the Geek

    Get well soon Secretary Clinton. We need you back on the job to try to rebuild relationships with other countries.

    June 18, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Texas Teacher

    uhoh.... I fractured my elbow and have a small piece of bone floating in there.... maybe I need to check this out for possible real problems... hmmmm.... :) I'm serious...

    Get well soon, Secretary of State Clinton!

    June 18, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Victoria

    What? Was she jealous of Judge Sotemayor's ankle cast?

    June 18, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Biff

    she could probably live several more fairly productive years without the surgery. we should spend that health care money on someone younger... at least thats how nationalized heathcare works.... oh yeah, she would never subject herself to that system anyway. I forgot, thats only for me and you.

    June 18, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. jason stewart

    Is this story really more important than the fact that Inspector Generals may be getting fired to protect friends of Obama?

    June 18, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. JK Ashburn, VA

    Clearly George Bush's fault. By spending money in Iraq, he failed to make needed investment in fixing the cracks in the sidewalks at the White House - a far more useful investment.

    Actually a good thing this happened to Hillary now. Once the health care program Congress is considering gets enacted, she would have to wait about 4-6 weeks to be seen for treatment for this. But at least it would be "free".

    June 18, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. fella from Chicago

    Could use an instant replay here to see if there was a third foot under Hillary. Bill or Barack weren't around, were they?

    June 18, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Pete

    MRS.Clinton can now use that elbow to change some policies over seas, like DustyRhoades the wrestling legends bionic elbow,ha ha!

    June 18, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. indydave

    "Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fractured her right elbow Wednesday during a fall,..."

    The right wing of government is so broken that it's bleeding over into the democrats!

    June 18, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Get Real!!

    I wonder how long she had to wait in the emergency room before she was treated. Five, eight, ten hours? Yeah right! That would only happen to us common folk!

    June 18, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. love for ya!

    Wishing her a speedy recovery.
    Get well soon!

    June 18, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. a little sad

    Get well soon, Madam Secretary.

    June 18, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Marry

    Get well soon, Hillary!

    June 18, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Simmy

    So sorry to hear of your injury, SOS Clinton......Prayers for a quick recovery.......You are doing a tremendous job......You're a strong woman, you're a survivor.....

    June 18, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Crazy Cat Lady

    OUCH! Having broken my elbow some years ago, I know how painful it is - and how frustrating and annoying it is to deal with the limitations of the recovery period. Get well soon, Hillary!

    June 18, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. Josh from Knoxville, TN

    What a clumsy fool. I wonder if she will have to wait 18 months before she can have surgery on her elbow. Oh wait, they haven't imposed government-run socialist healthcare yet. Good news for her!

    June 18, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. ch

    Josh from Knoxville, TN June 18th, 2009 10:57 am ET / What a clumsy fool.
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    I guess Josh is sooo smart and agile that he has never suffered a fall. He can't be too smart or graceful though – he is, after all, from the redneck, trash state of TN! What an ignorant fool!

    June 18, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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