US Senator Ted Kennedy collapses during inaugural luncheon
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Kennedy collapsed as a result of a seizure and was taken away by paramedics in a wheelchair. In May, Kennedy was diagnosed with brain cancer, which required an operation. Kennedy is at Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C. where his family says he is awake and talking. At the time of his collapse, he was reported to be sitting with John Kerry, another Massachusetts Senator, 2004 presidential candidate, and close friend of Kennedy.
President Obama commented on the situation during the luncheon: "And so I would be lying to you if I did not say that right now a part of me is with him, and I think that's true for all of us. This is a joyous time. But it's also a sobering time. And my prayers are with him and his family and Vicki [Kennedy's wife]."
U.S. Senator Byrd was also taken out of the luncheon after he had reported that he had trouble eating. Byrd, 91 is the oldest member of the U.S. Senate and the longest-serving Senator in the history of the body. Reports indicate that Byrd is doing well.
- Warren P. Strobel. "Sens. Kennedy, Byrd leave Obama lunch in medical distress" — , January 20, 2009
- David Stout. "Kennedy Suffers Seizure at Inaugural Luncheon" — , January 20, 2009
- "Kennedy Suffers Seizure at Inaugural Lunch" — , January 20, 2009
- "Developing: Sens. Kennedy And Byrd Leave Luncheon For Medical Reasons" — , January 20, 2008
- "Kennedy Collapses At Presidential Luncheon" — , January 20, 2009
- Shawn Windsor. "Kennedy collapses, CNN says" — , January 20, 2009