Clinton has surgery to fix broken elbow

WASHINGTON Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:35pm EDT

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a joint news conference with Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman following their meeting at the State Department in Washington June 17, 2009. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a joint news conference with Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman following their meeting at the State Department in Washington June 17, 2009.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had successful two-hour surgery on Friday to repair her broken right elbow, her chief of staff said.

Clinton tripped and fell in the State Department's basement on Wednesday while en route to the White House for a meeting. She has canceled her public appointments since then because of the elbow injury.

"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," Cheryl Mills, Clinton's chief of staff, said after the early morning surgery.

Clinton has several foreign trips planned in the coming weeks and Mills said decisions about the top U.S. diplomat's travel plans would be made in the coming days.

She is set to go to Trieste, Italy, next week for a meeting of Group of Eight foreign ministers and attend a conference on Afghanistan to which Iran has been invited.

On the same trip, Clinton is due to go to Corfu, Greece, for a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on June 27-28.

In mid-July, Clinton is scheduled to make her first trip to India as the Obama administration's top diplomat.

Mills said Clinton had returned to her home in Washington after the surgery where she would remain with her family for the weekend.

(Reporting by Sue Pleming; Editing by Bill Trott)

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