Senator Edward Kennedy suffered seizure, hospitalised

May 18th, 2008 - 4:07 am ICT by admin  

Washington, May 18 (DPA) Veteran US Democratic Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy was taken to hospital Saturday after suffering a seizure, a spokeswoman said. The symptoms were originally reported to be those of a stroke, but Kennedy spokeswoman Melissa Wagoner said in a statement that it was a seizure.

Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Democratic Party, age 76, was taken by helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, broadcast reports said.

“It appears that Senator Kennedy experienced a seizure this morning,” Wagoner said. “He is undergoing a battery of tests … to determine the cause of the seizure. Senator Kennedy is resting comfortably, and it is unlikely we will know anything more for the next 48 hours.”

The junior senator from Massachusetts, former presidential candidate John Kerry, and Kennedy’s niece Caroline Kennedy, daughter of slain president John F. Kennedy, visited him at hospital but did not speak to media afterwards.

According to reports, Kerry stayed 45 minutes at the hospital.

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