June 19th, 2009
03:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Hillary Clinton's elbow surgery deemed successful

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to make a full recovery following surgery to repair her fractured right elbow, her doctors said Friday.

Clinton was at home recovering. She fractured her elbow Wednesday in a fall, a State Department spokeswoman said.

"At 7:30 a.m. this morning, Secretary Clinton underwent a two-hour surgery to successfully repair her fractured right elbow," said attorney and Chief-of-Staff Cheryl Mills.

"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," Mills said in a statement.

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, with the understanding that she would have surgery as soon as possible.

After the operation, Clinton returned to her Washington home, where she will remain with her family through the weekend, Mills said.

Decisions about her schedule will be made soon, she added.

"She, President Clinton and Chelsea are grateful for the many prayers and messages of good will they have received these past few days," Mills said.

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Eleanore

    Get well soon!!!

    June 19, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Dawn In Pa

    get well soon, madam Secretary Clinton,

    June 19, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Illinoisman

    Good thing she got it done before the new health plan or she might have to go a week or two before they could get her it to surgery.

    June 19, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Vincent Petrosino

    God bless her and keep her well. She has become a GREAT secretary of state and a true team player.

    June 19, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Shari, NY

    I wish her a speedy recovery. Yesterday's news gave the impression that surgery would be done in the coming weeks. Better sooner than later.

    June 19, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. All Good Things

    To a speedy recovery.

    See, her government healthcare works!

    June 19, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. David Clark

    Illnoisman should change his handle to NOISEMAN.
    Madam Clintion has done us well.
    Her boss, Mr. President has done a splendid job.
    And by the way – WE WON, so sit back an enjoy the ride the next 8 years, dude.

    June 19, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Ann

    Get well soon Hillary. You are a wonderful person.

    June 19, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. tess

    wish everybody could get in to have surgery that fast – oh wait, she doesn't have o'bama care does she? and with her money she never will it is just the rest of us who will have to wait weeks in pain and agony! go hillary – this is just what you want for the poor masses!

    June 19, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. ender


    You are incredibly misinformed. Any nationalized medicine in the world fixes you when you need to be fixed. A person simply cannot walk around with a broken elbow unset. If we had nationalized healthcare her arm would have been set, she may have had to wait a bit if the phisician decided she could but most likely she wouldnt have been made to wait.

    Any life threatening illness or accident is taken care of immediatly.

    But if you come to the ER complaining about smiffles or sore toes you WILL be made to wait, as it shouod be.

    June 19, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. independent

    all you nobamacrats are such lemmings, clinton sucks

    June 19, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Larry in PA

    Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery!

    June 19, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. johnny from jersey

    get well soon......troubles are brewing in many places......we need you to work your magic, real soon !!!

    June 19, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. Jon in CA

    I wonder if Hillary's surgeon likes Obama Healthcare Plan??

    June 19, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Flagship, NC

    God bless her and keep her well. We need her!

    June 19, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. Brian in AZ

    It was all planned. She just wanted to get a big cast on her elbow so she can keep Obama from stealing the ball from her when she's driving the lane.

    Good to hear it went well.

    June 19, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. rkidd

    Who cares?

    Obama has her sidelined, he sends special envoys to when he needs real talent.

    June 19, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Jacqueline Deruso

    We are praying for a speedy recovery Hillary. Get well soon. We love you.

    June 19, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. dennis

    wah I have a broken arm where is my name at....

    June 19, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. matt

    Is she the Bionic Woman now? Did they equip her with x-ray eyes too?

    June 19, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. matt

    @Sniffit...Why is Illinoisman racist? There is nothing in the post even dealing with race. Or is that what you label all Republicans?

    Thought so.

    June 19, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Jacqueline Deruso

    Illnoisman you are out of order. There is no room here for your attitude. Remember, what goes around comes around. Perhaps there will be no compassion or love for you or your family one day in similar circumstances. you might need it some day, and it won't be there. Not a very good feeling. Trust me. Show some love sir. It'll do you good.

    June 19, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. george

    With Sotomayor breaking her ankle and now madam grace breaking her elbow, maybe its time we went back to paliquins for our noble elite.

    It doesn't seem as though they can think and walk at the same time – so this would be an ideal solution.

    Plus, it will cut back on unemployment.

    June 19, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. chris w

    get well madam secretary clinton please have a very healthy recoverey I love you and may god bless you .I am very please with what you are doing for our country thank you

    June 19, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. rachel

    glad to hear it. To all the fools out here talking about how our healthcare system works thats because my girl Hillary could afford it had it been anyone without health insurance they probably would have the surgery wasnt neccessary or even if it was they probably wouldnt give it to you if you couldnt pay for it. The issue is not whether our not our medical proffessionals have the now how, the issue is who can afford the medical procedures and how to make sure everyone can get the medical procedures necessary no matter what they do. Time for national healthcare plan. If you have a employer plan you feel is better fine, but for those whose employer cant offer a plan let the government offer up something.

    June 19, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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