Hillary Clinton faints, has concussion
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks after a meeting with Peru's President Ollanta Humala in Lima, Peru, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
WASHINGTON (CNN) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sustained a concussion after becoming dehydrated and fainting, a State Department official said.
Clinton had been suffering from a stomach virus at the time, according to a statement on Saturday from Philippe Reines, deputy assistant secretary of state.
She is being monitored by doctors and is recovering at home. She was never hospitalized, Reines said.
“At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office soon,” Reines said.
Clinton had been scheduled to testify next week before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the deadly attack in September on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
But she is not expected to appear at that time because of the health issue.
The September 11, 2012, attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, and called into question the security of U.S. diplomatic personnel abroad.
Credit: CNN. CNN’s Joe Sterling contributed to this report.