PunditFact: Rove's claim on Clinton's health

St. Petersburg, Florida -- This week the White House, an aide and even former President Bill Clinton rushed to vouch for Hillary Clinton's health after Republican strategist Karl Rove suggested it could be an issue if she runs for president in 2016.

Clinton was hospitalized in December 2012, while she was serving as Secretary of State, after a fall and the discovery of a blood clot near her brain.

Last week at a panel discussion in Los Angeles, Rove was quoted as saying "30 days in the hospital...and when she reappears, she's wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what's up with that."

PunditFact decided to look into two points from Rove's statement--the time Clinton spent into the hospital and the glasses she wore for a few weeks afterwards.

Clinton was hospitalized for about four days, not 30 as Rove claimed. (In an interview this week with Fox News, Rove said it was a "30-day period where she's fighting something."

Clinton wore the glasses Rove referred to at a House hearing into the embassy attack in Benghazi, Libya.

"Doctors and experts told us--and said at the time--they looked like they were prismatic glasses which sometimes people who suffer mild concussions wear to restore some of their eyesight," said Katie Sanders of PunditFact. "Most people get their vision back after suffering these mild concussions and these kind of glasses are optional. Doctors may prescribe them to help people who want to recover quickly."

The doctors and experts consider concussions the mildest form of brain injury and say Rove's characterization of them as "traumatic" is an exaggeration.

"Basically we found that Rove went too far in describing the nature of her hospital stay," said Sanders. "And then he tied that to these glasses to suggest that she must have a pretty bad brain injury. So his claim was inaccurate and we rated it false."


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