Senator Kennedy Airlifted to Hospital

Senator Kennedy, 76 years-old and very overweight, was airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital. As far as I can tell, no one really has a handle on what is going on. The news media is reporting that he has symptoms of a stroke.

I pray for his speedy recovery.

Update from the Boston Globe:

Doctors believe that Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts suffered a seizure at his home in Hyannis Port this morning, then a second seizure as he was being transported by helicopter from Cape Cod Hospital to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, according to an official briefed on the situation.

His condition was unclear early this afternoon, as a special police security detail gathered at Mass. General. Kennedy family members were called this morning and told to rush to Boston, according to sources.

Update II Statement from Senator Kennedy’s office:

“It appears that Senator Kennedy experienced a seizure this morning,” a statement released by his office in Washington said. “He is undergoing a battery of tests at Massachusetts General Hospital 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.”

All I can say this that this statement isn’t exactly accurate. They should know something by now. Kennedy has been at the hospital for over two hours. I guarantee that he has had blood work and a CT scan of his head, at the very least. Also, since Kennedy was recently diagnosed with a narrowing of his carotid artery but no surgery was recommended, I would guess that a test has been performed on that artery to see if the disease has progressed.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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