NEW YORK Jan 2 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton briefly left New York-Presbyterian hospital on
Wednesday, only to return about 15 minutes later, the New York
Daily News reported.
The State Department declined to comment on where Clinton
may have gone or the status of her hospital stay. She was
admitted for treatment of a blood clot in a vein behind her
Reporters witnessed Clinton leaving the hospital with her
husband, former President Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea,
and an aide. They drove away with a security detail and a man
wearing a white coat and a stethoscope.
She returned to the hospital about 15 minutes later, the
Daily News reported. She had not been seen in public since Dec.
A hospital spokeswoman directed all questions about Clinton,
65, to the State Department, which had no immediate comment.
Clinton's health has drawn intense media scrutiny given that
she is widely considered a strong candidate for the Democratic
nomination for president should she decide to run in 2016.
Clinton long ago announced her intention to step down as
secretary of state. President Barack Obama, whose second term
starts later this month, has nominated U.S. Senator John Kerry
to replace her.
Earlier on Wednesday, a State Department spokeswoman said
Clinton had been talking with her staff by telephone and
Clinton also spoke to two foreign officials - the U.N. envoy
on Syria and the prime minister of Qatar - on Saturday, the day
before the State Department disclosed the blood clot and her
stay at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
"She's been quite active on the phone with staff and taking
paper, et cetera," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland
told the department's daily briefing.
The State Department announced on Sunday that Clinton was in
a New York hospital for treatment of a blood clot that stemmed
from a concussion she suffered in mid-December.
The concussion was itself the result of an earlier illness,
described by the State Department as a stomach virus she had
picked up during a trip to Europe that led to dehydration and a
fainting spell after she returned to the United States.
In a statement released by the State Department on Monday,
Clinton's doctors said they were confident she would make a full
recovery and that she would be released from the hospital once
the correct dosage of blood thinners had been determined.