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.
“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.