Senator Kennedy released from hospital

January 22nd, 2009 - 9:18 am ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaWashington, Jan 22 (IANS) Veteran US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who suffered a seizure and collapsed during President Barack Obama’s inaugural lunch Tuesday, has been released from hospital after treatment. The 76-year-old senator, the last surviving brother of former president John F. Kennedy, was released Wednesday from the Washington Hospital Center, where he was taken following his sudden illness during the Obama luncheon, CNN reported.

Kennedy was visited at hospital by his Massachusetts Senate colleague John Kerry late Tuesday.

Kennedy was “in good shape” and wanted to get back to work, Kerry told reporters.

Doctors at Washington Hospital Center said Kennedy was given a battery of tests, and that it appeared the incident had been caused by fatigue.

The long-time senator, who has been battling brain cancer, had undergone surgery in June last year for a malignant brain tumour.

The Massachusetts senator played a key role during the primary campaign that helped Obama beat Hillary Clinton to become Democrat’s presidential candidate.

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