June 19th, 2009
03:25 PM ET
12 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. GoHillary16!

    Get well Hillary! Before you know it you'll have to take over as the next president.

    June 19, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Houston Democrat

    Good Luck Hillary

    You are amazing!

    June 19, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Thelma Stevenson

    Hillary, I will pray for a speedy recover, we need you. My family loves the Bill and Hillary clinton family, have for the last eight years. Jack and thelma Stevenson

    June 19, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Democrat in TX

    Get Well Soon, Madam Hillary. We need your voice and presence now, more than ever, amidst this chaotic world that we live in. I am sorry to hear that you fell and was hurt. I can only imagine how much pain you must have been in. I know that you will be back as soon as you can be, because of the fighter that lives within you.

    Take care. We will be praying for you, as always.

    June 19, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. annie s

    Get well soon Madame Secretary. The President needs you.

    June 19, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Sylvia

    I was a visitor in Canada in the early 80's when I fell and broke my elbow in the early afternoon. Before dark my arm had been set and I was out of the emergency room after having received quite excellent and speedy care. I had no insurnace at the time. The cost? $100.00. You will never convince me that the Canadian system is inferior in any way. I later immigrated to Canada for a short time. My daughter and I received prompt excellent care throughout our time there. Don't believe the horror stories. Canadians ARE NOT clamoring for American health care.

    June 19, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  7. Observant

    Get Well Soon!!!! The country needs you, here's wishing you a speedy recovery.

    June 19, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. Gerry

    Her surgery should have been successful she did not have to go through government run health care.

    June 19, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. Sara

    Good grief Tess, Hillary had surgery " this quickly" because the doctors deemed the swelling was down and as it apparently wasn't an open fracture, did not require a lengthy course of pre-antibiotics.

    Spend your time reading something besides republican talking points and widen your horizons. You might accidentally get an education.

    June 19, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. m smith

    It seem that the repos can not even send well wishes to our sec of state. What a sorry bunch. These are the same people that scream about abortion and thum their little bibles. It is a good thing that God has the capacity to forgive. The rest of us think your a sorry bunch of human beings.

    June 19, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. suzy

    You are the best Hillary!!!
    Feel better soon!!!!

    June 19, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. Barbara J Davis

    Heal fast.....you are sorely needed for your expert ideas and actions! I hope you got a PINK cast.
    Seal Beach, CA

    June 19, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. Mick

    I wish Hillary all the best and a speedy recovery. She is doing a great job and so is her boss. The country will be better off with the team that is in place. Don't any of you hateful people consider that if Obama was really doing all the things they say he is, the right would be calling for investigations? But no, they just nitpick and nitpick at the edges, and coin nice words for their "free to taxpayers" health care plan, which again is a bit shy on details. But it HAS to be better than Obama's just because the rich white Republicans say so. You know, those folks who hide their money and never worry about health care for the rest of us? If we went to a flat tax and they actually had to PAY some taxes, we would already be able to fund the new system. That is their real fear...that they might be accountable for all their earnings.

    June 19, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Claudia in Houson

    Get well soon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Boy, this is one title I enjoy typing.

    June 19, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. Wha dup?

    Sen. Clinton sleep, rest, relax,heal, and enjoy being with your family.

    May God heal and bless you!

    June 19, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. No Hillary = No Obama

    Hillary – you kneed to elbow your way out of this wishy-washy Obama administration and find "your" voice again. Don't stand up in front of the cameras, looking as if you are trying to force the words out of your mouth. If you're not feeling it – your're not feeling it.

    June 19, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. Blue Tiger

    Get well soon Madam Secretary.

    June 19, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  18. Melissa

    Wish you a speedy recovery Madam Secretary. d

    June 19, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
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