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Clinton fractures elbow in fall

Hillary Clinton  17.6.09
Hillary Clinton will have an operation on her right elbow next week

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has fractured her right elbow in a fall, her chief of staff has said.

Mrs Clinton had been on her way to the White House when she fell on Wednesday afternoon, her chief of staff Cheryl Mills said in a statement.

The secretary of state was treated at The George Washington University Hospital and then went home.

She is to have surgery to repair her elbow in the coming week, Cheryl Mills said.

"Secretary Clinton appreciates the professionalism and kindness she received from the medical team who treated her this evening and looks forward to resuming her full schedule soon," her chief of staff added.

Mrs Clinton had been due to join actress Angelina Jolie on Thursday morning at an event in Washington marking World Refugee Day, but pulled out after her accident.

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