Kerry Breaks Leg In Bike Crash; Ends Overseas Trip Early

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John KerryU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a bicycle crash Sunday, apparently after hitting a curb, and scrapped the rest of a four-nation trip that included an international conference on combating the Islamic State group.

Kerry was in stable condition and in good spirits as he prepared to return to Boston for further treatment with the doctor who previously operated on his hip, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said. He said X-rays at a Swiss hospital confirmed that Kerry fractured his right femur.

“The secretary is stable and never lost consciousness, his injury is not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery,” Kirby said in a statement.

Kerry was taken by helicopter to Geneva’s main medical center, HUG, after apparently hitting a curb with his bike near Scionzier, France, about 40 kilometers southeast of the Swiss border.

Paramedics and a physician were on the scene with his motorcade at the time and provided him immediate attention. They quickly decided to order the 10-minute-long helicopter transport.

Kerry’s cycling rides have become a regular occurrence on his trips. He often takes his bike with him on the plane and was riding that bicycle Sunday.

During discussions in late March and early April between world powers and Iran, he took several bike trips during breaks. Those talks were in Lausanne, Switzerland, and led to a framework agreement.

Kerry had been in Geneva for six hours of meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday as the sides now work to seal a comprehensive accord by June 30.

Kerry regrets not being able to make the rest of his scheduled stops, Kirby said. The top U.S. diplomat had planned to travel later Sunday to Madrid for meetings with Spain’s king and prime minister, before spending two days in Paris for an international gathering to combat IS.

He will participate in the Paris conference remotely, Kirby said.

Kerry’s decision to seek treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital was made because the fracture is near the site of his prior hip surgery, Kirby said.

(AP)

20 COMMENTS

  1. How does he manage it? Either he puts his foot in his mouth or he breaks said foot. Hope he heals OK, but he is such a clown. And a klutz.

  2. Ok, start brining on all of the reasons that Kerry broke his leg. After all, he is in Switzerland to negotiate the deal with Iran so it’s only logical that he was punished for his anti-Israeli tactics.
    Or could it be that he just lost control of his bike and he hit the curb? Naw, couldn’t be. Everything happens as a punishment for something, right?

  3. For those with hip replacements such injuries, especially at his age could be quite serious. Often there are further complications, including circulatory issues.
    If he’s got any issues about diabetes, he may risk a chance of losing a leg.
    Perhaps he’d better call off all these trips and just devote himself to getting healed.
    It’s his choice, forge ahead with the Iran deal, or rest, recuperate, and take time to do proper rehabilitation and exercise.
    I hope he chooses the later.
    Let Congress deal with Iran.

  4. Bush’s fault, no doubt!
    It’s the Republicans all out effort to derail – no pun intended – the Iran deal!!
    Between Biden’s family tzaros snd now Kerry, Bambi ought go golfing!
    Notice how he hasn’t done it in the longest time!!!

  5. umm, everything happens for a REASON, yes, as PUNISHMENT, I do not know. Also, there is a message for Clall Yisrael here somewhere, after all “Bishiveil Yisrael…”

  6. 2.

    If you were takeh a maven like you claim, you would know that there is NO such thing as “just” and that EVERYTHING comes from HKBH Himself.

  7. Just goes along with his broken brain.
    Wonder how many more “dumbs” he will save up until he gets thrown out of his job. He already has a couple of truckloads full.