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Hillary Clinton released from the hospital

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was released from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan Wednesday, three days after doctors discovered a blood clot in her head.

Clinton's medical team told her that she was making good progress on all fronts and were confident she would fully recover, said Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines. Doctors had been treating Clinton with blood thinners to dissolve a clot in a vein that runs through the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear.

"She's eager to get back to the office," Reines said in a statement, adding that the secretary and her family are grateful for the excellent care she received at the hospital.

Reines said details of when Clinton, 65, will return to work will be provided in the coming days.

Clinton had been in the hospital since Sunday, when doctors discovered the clot on an MRI scan during a follow-up exam for a concussion she suffered earlier in December. While at home battling a stomach virus, Clinton had fainted, fallen and struck her head, a spokesman said.

"Grateful my Mom discharged from the hospital and is heading home," daughter Chelsea Clinton, wrote on Twitter. "Even more grateful her medical team confident she'll make a full recovery." Earlier Wednesday, the State Department said Clinton had been speaking by telephone with staff in Washington and reviewing paperwork while in the hospital.

"She's been quite active on the phone with all of us," said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

Before her release, Clinton was photographed yesterday getting into a black van with her husband, Bill, Chelsea and a security contingent to be taken elsewhere on the sprawling hospital campus. The last time Clinton had been seen publicly was on Dec. 7.

Clinton's doctors had said Monday that there was no neurological damage but that they planned to keep her in the hospital while they established the proper dose for the blood thinners.

Sidelined by her illness for most of December, Clinton was forced to cancel scheduled testimony before Congress about a scathing report into the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, and was absent on Dec. 21 when President Barack Obama nominated Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to succeed her. She had long planned to leave the post after Obama's first term.

The illness has raised questions about Clinton's political future and how her health might influence her decision about whether to run for president in 2016, as prominent Democrats have been urging her to consider.

Clinton also had a blood clot in 1998, midway through her husband's second term as president. That clot was in her knee.

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