Secretary of State John Kerry Breaks Leg, Cuts Short European Trip
By ANDREW V. PESTANO
BOSTON, May 31 (UPI) — Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to the United States from an overseas trip after breaking his right femur when he crashed his bicycle in France.
Kerry, 71, is returning to Boston, Mass., on Sunday for care at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he will be treated by the same doctor who performed a previous hip surgery.
He crashed his bicycle after hitting a curb near the city of Scionzier, about 25 miles from Geneva, Switzerland.
“Secretary Kerry is in good spirits and is grateful to the French and Swiss authorities, doctors, and nurses who assisted him after the accident,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said.
Kerry arrived in Geneva late Friday after attending the inauguration of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari that same day in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
He negotiated all day on Saturday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in an attempt to reach a nuclear deal before the agreement deadline of June 30.
Back in #Geneva as part of ongoing #IranTalks negotiations. Another chance to speak directly w FM @JZarif. pic.twitter.com/Ati4PkL1VS— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) May 30, 2015
Kerry was scheduled to visit Spain and to attend a counter-Islamic State coalition ministerial meeting on Tuesday in Paris, which he will join “remotely” instead.
It can take six months or more for a femur to heal, depending on the type of injury.
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