U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was injured following a terrifying bike accident in Scionzier, France on May 31. John was planning on visiting four nations and attending an international conference, but his plans have been cut short due to the crash.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, 71, has been hospitalized after hitting a curb while cycling in Scionzier, France on May 31. John was immediately flown to a nearby Geneva hospital to receive treatment. John is a frequent cyclist and often brings along his bike on international trips. Unfortunately, his latest ride didn’t end so well. John had plans to visit Spain and attend a conference on counter-ISIL tactics, but he will be heading back to the United States for further treatment.
“The secretary is stable and never lost consciousness, his injury is not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery,” U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. “Secretary Kerry is in good spirits and is grateful to the French and Swiss authorities, doctors, and nurses who assisted him after the accident.”
After X-rays at a Swiss hospital, it was confirmed that John fractured his right femur. The injury is close to where John previously had hip surgery, so he will return to the U.S. to be treated by the doctor who performed the operation, CNN reports. The femur fracture could require surgery and could take up to six months to heal, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Before the crash, John had been in Geneva for six hours of meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. John and Mohammad were working to negotiate an accord by June 30, TIME reports. He was supposed to head to Madrid to meet with Spain’s king and prime minister. He also planned to attend an international meeting in Paris to work on measures to fight ISIS. John will participate in the conference remotely.
We’re so glad John’s injuries are not life-threatening. Our thoughts will remain with John as he recovers. Hopefully he’s back on his bike soon!
— Avery Thompson