Sen. Kennedy hospitalized after seizure

Sat May 17, 2008 5:42pm EDT
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By Svea Herbst-Bayliss

BOSTON (Reuters) - Sen. Edward Kennedy, a leading Democrat, suffered a seizure on Saturday but hours later was talking with family at his side in a Boston hospital.

Kennedy, 76, was rushed from the family vacation compound at Hyannisport, Massachusetts, to Cape Cod Hospital at 9 a.m., before being airlifted to Boston.

"He is undergoing a battery of tests at Massachusetts General Hospital to determine the cause of the seizure," his office in Washington said in a statement.

A Kennedy aide said later that by Saturday afternoon the senator was joking with family members.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, after talking with Kennedy's wife, Vicki, told reporters in Reno, Nevada, that the senator "will be fine," a Reid aide said.

Reid said the senator had a seizure, but "woke up fighting," the aide added.

The Boston Globe reported Kennedy, youngest brother of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, suffered one seizure at his Cape Cod home and a second seizure aboard the helicopter transport flight to Boston.

Family members gathered at the hospital. His sons Edward Kennedy Jr. and Patrick and daughter Kara as well as his nephew Joe Kennedy and niece Caroline Kennedy came to the hospital, according a Reuters photographer at the scene.   Continued...

<p>Massachusetts Democratic Senator Edward M. Kennedy at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, April 18, 2008. Kennedy, a leading Democrat, was rushed to a hospital in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with symptoms of a stroke, CNN reported on Saturday. REUTERS/Adam Hunger</p>