John Kerry Breaks Leg In Cycling Crash, Flies To Boston For Treatment

John Kerry Breaks Leg In Cycling Crash, Flies To Boston For Treatment
US State of Secretary John Kerry Global Panorama / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

John Kerry, U.S Secretary of State, broke his leg in a bicycle accident in Scionzier, France on Sunday morning. He sustained injury in his right femur. He planned to go back to the U.S. on Monday.


As a precautionary measure, Kerry was treated in a Swiss hospital overnight, State Department spokesman John Kirby said. On Monday, 71-year-old Kerry will fly to Boston for further treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“The secretary continues to be in great spirits and active,” Kirby said. “He has done a range of phone calls including with the president.”

When John Kerry crashed his bike, he was immediately attended to by paramedics. A helicopter was called and he was rushed to Geneva’s main medical center, HUG.

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Paramedics and a physician were on the scene with the Secretary’s motorcade at the time of the accident,” Kirby said.

X-rays were performed, confirming that he had sustained a fracture.

“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 an earlier statement.

The injury occurred at the same spot of a previous hip surgery. He decided to avail treatment in Boston because he wanted to be treated by the same doctor who performed his former surgery.

Kerry regrets canceling his four-nation trip due to the injury. Kirby confirmed that Kerry will take part in the Paris meeting from far away.