Teddy Kennedy Doing OK

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.

Tags: Robert Byrd, Teddy Kennedy (all tags)

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4 Comments

that's good to hear

From what I understand, seizures themselves are usually not life-threatening. The main risk is that a person having a seizure could fall and hit his head or could choke if anything is in his mouth at the time.

I am glad he was able to be there for the inaugural ceremony.

by desmoinesdem 2009-01-20 01:16PM | 0 recs
Senator Coryn is a well documented crook

HA! Can you believe that A*shole Coryn would object to Sen Clinton because of (GET THIS--fund raising). This is the guy that every major media in Texas has long recognized as the biggest crook on the prairie. When he was on the Texas Supreme Court, he took in more contributions than a local Wal-Mart. He is a Slumdog Millionaire Republican...He even took in more cash than Phil Gramm or Ted Stevens. If he wasn't from Bush's home state he would certainly have a few investigations going on. But now that Obama has a new team maybe they should start looking at this jerk's offshore bank accounts....

by hddun2008 2009-01-20 01:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Teddy Kennedy Doing OK

Much is owed to Senator Edward Kennedy for his consistant mantra on health care reform for his entire senate career!

Even more is owed to the good Senator for his instrumental support of our current President.

My prayers for his complete healing, no more suffering and for a very long life to come are ongoing.

by DrMDG 2009-01-21 06:36AM | 0 recs
Re: Teddy Kennedy Doing OK

The Irish in the Great Survivor and Statesman of the US Senate will pull Senator Kennedy through. We need him in the Senate too critically, now.

by ColdWater 2009-01-21 08:05AM | 0 recs

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