Nursing a surgically repaired elbow, Clinton not fully back to work at State Department

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Clinton’s injury still limiting her work schedule

WASHINGTON — One week after surgery to repair a broken right elbow, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday had not resumed a full work schedule at the State Department, officials said.

Her spokesman, P.J. Crowley, told reporters that Clinton, who broke her arm in a fall at the State Department on June 17, was keeping an “aggressive schedule,” including meetings at the White House on Thursday and Friday.

He also said she was doing “a significant amount” of her work from home, including making official phone calls. On Friday she spoke from home by phone with the foreign minister of Argentina, Crowley said, and she met at the State Department with Crown Prince Sheik Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain.

Clinton had surgery on June 19. Afterward the State Department said doctors told her she was expected to recover without lasting damage to her arm. No timetable for a full recovery has been made public.

Clinton has limited her public appearances since the injury. On the advice of her doctors, she canceled a planned trip to Trieste, Italy and to Corfu, Greece, to attend international meetings this week.

“Obviously, given the reality of … her injury and the operation, she is, you know, fast working her way back to, you know, to reintegrate herself into the daily activity of the bureau,” Crowley said. “I think we have travel coming up in the near future. So I think she will be visible as we continue on.”

Late Friday afternoon the State Department released two official photos of Clinton in her meeting with the Bahraini crown prince. They showed her right arm in a cast from about the middle of her upper arm to near her wrist. She is right-handed.

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