Kerry's surgeon to accompany him to US for leg treatment

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry's orthopedic surgeon will accompany him on the flight from Geneva to the United States for treatment of Kerry's broken leg, the State Department said Monday.

Spokesman John Kirby said that Dr. Dennis Burke will accompany Kerry to Boston to monitor the secretary's condition and "ensure he remains comfortable."

Kerry, 71, fractured his right femur Sunday when he struck a curb with his bicycle and fell on a regular Tour de France route southeast of Geneva. He has been receiving treatment at Geneva's main medical center, HUG.

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In this picture taken on March 16, 2015 US Secretary of State John Kerry rides his bike during a break in Lausanne. According to an official spokesperson, US Secretary of State John Kerry was taken to hospital after having sustained suspected leg injuries during a cycling accident near Scionzier, France on May 31, 2015. He was transported via medical helicopter to the Geneva University Hospital (HUG), where he is currently being evaluated. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - MAY 31: An helicopter sits atop the roof of the Geneva main hospital (HUG) on May 31, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. Secretary of State John Kerry was taken by helicopter to Genevas main medical centre (HUG) after he broke his leg in a bike crash in Scionzier, France - near Geneva. The Secretary of State was holding nuclear talks with Iran's foreign minister in Geneva. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
A helicopter takes off from the roof of the Geneva University Hospital (HUG) in Geneva on May 31, 2015 where US Secretary of State John Kerry received treatment after a cycling accident. US Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a cycling accident in France and will fly back to the United States for treatment, cutting short a European trip. Kerry, 71, a keen cyclist, was hospitalised in the Swiss city of Geneva after the accident across the border in the French Alps, the State Department said. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers stand guard at the entrance of the Geneva University Hospital (HUG)in Geneva on May 31, 2015 while US Secretary of State John Kerry was receiving treatment there after a cycling accident. US Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a cycling accident in France and will fly back to the United States for treatment, cutting short a European trip. Kerry, 71, a keen cyclist, was hospitalised in the Swiss city of Geneva after the accident across the border in the French Alps, the State Department said. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - MAY 31: Geneva main hospital (HUG) building is seen on May 31, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. Secretary of State John Kerry was taken by helicopter to Genevas main medical centre (HUG) after he broke his leg in a bike crash in Scionzier, France - near Geneva. The Secretary of State was holding nuclear talks with Iran's foreign minister in Geneva. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
A cameraman films the Geneva University Hospital (HUG) where US Secretary of State John Kerry receives treatment on late May 31, 2015 in Geneva. Kerry broke his leg in a cycling accident in France on May 31, his spokesman said, adding that he was in 'stable condition' and will return to the United States for treatment. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers stand guard at the entrance of the Geneva University Hospital (HUG)in Geneva on May 31, 2015 while US Secretary of State John Kerry was receiving treatment there after a cycling accident. US Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a cycling accident in France and will fly back to the United States for treatment, cutting short a European trip. Kerry, 71, a keen cyclist, was hospitalised in the Swiss city of Geneva after the accident across the border in the French Alps, the State Department said. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
The plane of the US secretary of state prepares to take off without John Kerry onboard on May 31, 2015 in Geneva. Kerry, who broke his leg in a cycling accident in France on May 31, will return to the United States for treatment with a medicalized plane. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
The plane of the US secretary of state takes off without John Kerry onboard on May 31, 2015 in Geneva. Kerry, who broke his leg in a cycling accident in France on May 31, will return to the United States for treatment with a medicalized plane. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives to attend the inauguration of Nigeria's new President Mohammadu Buhari at the Eagles Square in Abuja, on May 29, 2015. Buhari, 72, defeated Goodluck Jonathan in March 28 elections -- the first time in Nigeria's history that an opposition candidate had beaten a sitting president. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) waves goodbye to reporters after making a brief statment to the news media during a meeting with his cabinet with (L-R) Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Interiro Secretary Sally Jewell, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at the White House May 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama said that his cabinet would use the meeting to 'run through the tape' and look back on recent successes and where to focus attention over the last 18 months in office. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry disembarks from his airplane upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, May 19, 2015. Kerry returns after traveling to Beijing, China, Seoul, South Korea, and Seattle, Washington. AFP PHOTO / POOL / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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Earlier, Kirby described Kerry as "in great spirits and active," making "a range of phone calls including with the president." He "never lost consciousness, his injury is not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery," Kirby said.

"Secretary Kerry will be transported to Boston aboard a U.S. military C-17 transport aircraft," he said. "The aircraft, based in Ramstein, Germany, will be staffed by additional military medical personnel in keeping with standard practice."

Kerry's precise travel plans were not announced, but he will receive further care at Massachusetts General Hospital once he returns home. Kerry had hip replacement surgery several years ago.

Kerry was taken by helicopter to the Geneva hospital after a paramedic and a physician who were traveling with his motorcade at the time of crash provided him with immediate attention. X-rays confirmed the extent of his injury.

His regular government plane returned Sunday night to the United States carrying much of his staff and reporters who had accompanied him on the trip. He had hoped to leave later in the day on a plane fitted with special medical equipment.

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.

He was in Geneva for six hours of nuclear negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday. World powers and Iran are trying to seal a comprehensive accord by June 30.

The prospect of a lengthy rehabilitation for Kerry could hamper the nuclear talks and other diplomatic endeavors. Even if he does not need surgery, it was not immediately known when he could fly again after returning to the United States.

There was no word on whether he would need an operation.

Kerry had planned to travel to Madrid on Sunday for meetings with Spain's king and prime minister, before spending two days in Paris for an international gathering to combat the Islamic State. He will participate in the Paris conference remotely, Kirby said.

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US-Secretary of State, John Kerry waves after disembarking on May 3, 2015 from his airplane at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Kerry arrived in Kenya for talks on security cooperation and ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to his late father's home country. The trip to the east African nation is the first high-level visit since 2012, and comes after years of tensions surrounding Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta being charged by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. AFP PHOTO/TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks with Sri Lankan Tamil National Alliance (TNA) party leader R. Sampanthan (2nd L) in Colombo on May 3, 2015. US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Sri Lanka on a two-day official visit. AFP PHOTO/Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) greets Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhita mahathera at the Kelaniya Rajamaha temple during a visit to Kelaniya on May 2, 2015. US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka. AFP PHOTO/Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry walks off the plane at Kiev Boryspil International Airport in Kiev on February 5, 2015. Kerry flew today in to Kiev where Ukraine's pro-Western leaders hope Washington will send in weapons for their battle against pro-Russian separatists. His visit comes as international pressure grows for an immediate halt to surging violence, with 19 civilians and troops killed in the latest rebel push into government-held territory in eastern Ukraine. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
French president François Hollande (L) shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace on January 16, 2015 in Paris. Kerry's visit came after criticism of the US for not sending a top-level representative to a march in Paris on January 11, which drew 1.5 million people and dozens of world leaders in the wake of the attacks. POOL AFP PHOTO RICK WILKING (Photo credit should read RICK WILKING/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Pakistan's National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz smile during a joint press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on January 13, 2015. The US and Pakistan pledged on January 13 to work together to wipe out the scourge of terrorism after a massacre at a school in Peshawar, amid reports top diplomat John Kerry will visit the troubled tribal region. AFP PHOTO/ Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
US secretary of State John Kerry poses for a photograph with a girl in Berlin on October 22, 2014. Kerry is on a two-days visit to Germany ahead of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall later in the year. AFP PHOTO / POOL/ BRIAN SNYDER (Photo credit should read BRIAN SNYDER/AFP/Getty Images)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 20: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (R) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) meets for bilateral meeting during their visit for Indonesian President Inauguration Joko Widodo on October 20, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Kerry is touring Southeast Asian nations to seek support against the (ISIS) Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry boards his plane at Charles de Gaulle Airport on September 16, 2014 in Paris. Kerry was meeting with leaders about strategies to address the threat in the Mideast from ISIS. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI/POOL (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Salim al-Juburi (R), Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry before a meeting on September 10, 2014 in Baghdad. Kerry is visiting Iraq where he will meet with leaders, including new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, to talk about the threat presented by ISIS and other issues. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd L) talks on the phone as (From L) Deputy Chief of Staff Jonathan Finer, acting Middle East envoy Frank Lowenstein and Executive Assistant Jennifer Davis look on, at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Paris before his meeting with the Turkish foreign minister on July 26, 2014, within a meeting with the foreign ministers of Qatar and Turkey, primary supporters of Hamas, and top British and French diplomats, to push for a truce in the deadly Israel-Hamas conflict in the Palestinian Gaza Strip. AFP PHOTO / POOL / CHARLES DHARAPAK (Photo credit should read CHARLES DHARAPAK/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry steps off his plane upon his arrival in Paris, France on July 26, 2014. Kerry will continue meetings regarding a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. AFP PHOTO / POOL (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and US Secreary of the Treasury Jacob Lew (R) visit The Great Wall of China at Badaling, in north of Beijing on July 8, 2014. US officials including Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Beijing on July 8 for annual strategic and economic talks, with ties strained by differences over hacking and maritime tensions AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
Kurdistan regional government president Massud Barzani (R) greets US Secretary of State John Kerry at the presidential palace in Arbil, the capital of northern Iraq's Kurdistan autonomous region, on June 24, 2014. Kerry arrived in Arbil in a US diplomatic drive aimed at preventing the country from splitting apart in the face of Sunni militants pushing towards Baghdad. AFP PHOTO/POOL/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry waves to hospital staff after visiting the Fistula Clinic at St. Joseph's Hospital, funded by USAID, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, May 4, 2014. Kerry is on his first major tour of Africa, which is focusing on some of the continent's most brutal conflicts. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 22: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel give statements to the media prior to talks at the Chancellery on October 22, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The two leaders discussed the current situation in eastern Ukraine as well as the ongoing conflict against the Islamic State (ISIS), among other issues. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a visit to the typhoon-ravaged city of Tacloban in the central Philippines on December 18, 2013. Kerry visited the central Philippine city, expressing shock at the death and destruction and vowing that Washington will not abandon its key ally. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry adjusts his earphone during a joint press conference with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota (not framed) at Itamary Palace in Brasilia on August 13, 2013 in the framework of hiss one-day official visit to Brazil. AFP PHOTO/Evaristo Sa/POOL (Photo credit should read EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry attends a military ceremony at the anti-narcotics air base in Bogota on August 12, 2013 during his one-day official visit to Colombia. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
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