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John Kerry Out of Surgery for Broken Leg

The Secretary of State could be up and walking by Wednesday, the surgeon said



    Kerry Undergoing Surgery in Boston After Cycling Accident

    He had been receiving treatment at Geneva's main medical center, HUG, and was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital after he returned home to Boston. (Published Tuesday, June 2, 2015)

    Doctors completed surgery Tuesday on Secretary of State John Kerry's broken leg at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

    State Department spokesman John Kirby said Kerry was in good condition and was resting after doctors set his leg. 

    Dr. Dennis Burke, an orthopaedic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, said the surgical procedure to repair Kerry's broken femur "was uncomplicated, the fracture was fully repaired, and we plan to get him up walking on Wednesday." He said the surgery was done using a regional anesthetic, and Kerry was conscious throughout the 4-hour operation.

    "I anticipate a short hospitalization, a full and complete recovery, and a return to normal function," Burke added. "I do not anticipate that this will interfere with his duties as Secretary of State."

    Before the surgery, Kerry was to have participated by telephone in an international gathering in Paris to discuss how to combat the Islamic States.

    Kerry suffered the injury in a bike accident Sunday, when he struck a curb and fell on a regular Tour de France route located southeast of Geneva. He returned to Boston Monday for the surgery.

    Kerry had planned to travel to Madrid on Sunday for meetings with Spain's king and prime minister, and then spend two days in Paris for the meeting on the Islamic State.