Teddy Kennedy Doing OK
by Todd Beeton, Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 01:01:59 PM EST
Some apparently good news after a scare for Senator Kennedy at the inaugural luncheon today.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, ill with a brain tumor, suffered an apparent seizure at a post-inauguration luncheon for President Barack Obama on Tuesday and was rushed by ambulance from the Capitol to a hospital. There was no immediate word from medical personnel on his condition, although fellow senators said he remained conscious as he was taken for further evaluation and was upbeat and joking.
A spokeswoman at the Washington Hospital Center said the Massachusetts Democrat was awake and answering questions when he arrived and was able to receive a phone call from Obama. Kennedy's wife, Vicki, and son Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., were with him.
A few hours later, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., visited Kennedy, 76, whom he said had suffered "a mild seizure similar to what he's had before. It's part of the battle he's fighting" since he was diagnosed with brain cancer and had surgery last year.
Kerry said Kennedy would remain overnight at the hospital. "He's laughing and joking right now. He's got all his Irish dander up," he added.
Senator Byrd was taken from the luncheon requiring medical attention as well. Our thoughts are with both Senators this evening.