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  • Greg Cannon
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080517/ap_on_go_co/kennedy;_ylt=AnURZZxJbN5yjGz841skoUes0NUE Sen. Kennedy hospitalized with symptoms of stroke By DAVID ESPO and
    Message 1 of 1 , May 17, 2008

      Sen. Kennedy hospitalized with symptoms of stroke

      By DAVID ESPO and GLEN JOHNSON, Associated Press
      Writers 4 minutes ago

      BOSTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was hospitalized
      Saturday after becoming ill at his home, his office
      said. There was no immediate word on his condition.

      A knowledgeable official said the Massachusetts
      Democrat was in the hospital after suffering
      stroke-like symptoms. The official declined to be
      identified by name, citing the sensitivity of the

      Kennedy spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter confirmed in a
      statement that Kennedy went to Cape Cod Hospital on
      Saturday morning "after feeling ill at his home."
      After discussion with his doctors in Boston, Kennedy
      was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for
      further examination.

      "He is currently under evaluation that information
      will be released as it becomes available," she said.

      Hyannis Fire Lt. Bill Rex told The Associated Press
      that a 911 call came in from the Kennedy family
      compound at 8:19 a.m. A man was transported to Cape
      Cod Hospital and transferred by air at 10:10 a.m. from
      Barnstable Municipal Airport to Massachusetts General.

      David Reilly, a spokesman for Cape Cod Hospital, said
      that Kennedy was brought to the hospital at about 9
      a.m. and stayed for about an hour before being flown
      by helicopter to the Boston hospital. He said he could
      not comment on Kennedy's condition or treatment
      because of medical privacy laws.

      Kennedy, 76, has been in the Senate since election in
      1962, filling out the term won by his brother, John F.

      In October, Kennedy had surgery to repair a nearly
      complete blockage in a major neck artery. The
      discovery was made during a routine examination of a
      decades-old back injury.

      The hourlong procedure on his left carotid artery — a
      main supplier of blood to the face and brain — was
      performed at Massachusetts General. This type of
      operation is performed on more than 180,000 people a
      year to prevent a stroke.

      The doctor who operated on Kennedy said at the time
      that surgery is reserved for those with more than 70
      percent blockage, and Kennedy had "a very high-grade

      Weeks after the surgery, he returned to work in the
      Senate and told the AP, "I'm feeling fine. I think
      it's just about getting the energy level back. ... The
      strength has been coming back daily."

      One of Kennedy's doctors said after the surgery that
      the senator's overall health was excellent. Kennedy is
      on blood-pressure and cholesterol medication. Kennedy
      has been bothered by an aching back since a 1964 plane
      crash, which killed a pilot and one of Kennedy's

      Kennedy is the lone surviving son in a famed political
      family. His eldest brother, Joseph, was killed in a
      World War II airplane crash. President John Kennedy
      was assassinated in 1963 and his brother Robert was
      assassinated in 1968.

      Considered a liberal lion in the Senate, Edward
      Kennedy was re-elected in 2006. His current term ends
      in 2013. The senator made a failed run for the
      presidency in 1980.

      Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama,
      beginning a tour of hospitals in Eugene, Ore., told
      reporters that he had been in touch with the senator's
      family. "Ted Kennedy is a giant in American political
      history. He's done more for health care than just
      about anybody in history. We are going to be rooting
      for him. I insist on being optimistic about how it's
      going to turn out."

      Kennedy gave Obama's presidential campaign a big boost
      this year with his endorsement and has campaigned
      actively for the Illinois senator.

      Arizona Sen. John McCain, the likely GOP presidential
      nominee, said he awaited word on Kennedy's condition.
      "Senator Kennedy's role in the U.S. Senate cannot be
      overstated. He is a legendary lawmaker, and I have the
      highest respect for him. When we have worked together,
      he has been a skillful, fair and generous partner."
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