Opinion: Sen. Ted Kennedy rushed to hospital, later says, ‘I’m OK’

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An otherwise triumphant day was marred when word came that Sen. Ted Kennedy, an early and crucial supporter of President Obama, had to be taken from the post-inaugural Obama luncheon by ambulance to a hospital.

Kennedy, 76, has a brain tumor and has suffered seizures in the past.


Senators say that he was having convulsions and that paramedics were called at 2:35 p.m. EST.

This prompted Obama to address those in attendance.

‘I know while I was out of the room, concern was expressed about Teddy,’ Obama said.

‘So I would be lying to you if I did not say that right now part of me is with him. I think that is true for all of us. It is a joyous time but also a sobering time. And my prayers are with him and his family and Vicki.’

Sen. Christopher Dodd said that he spoke to Kennedy, who claimed to be upset at being taken to the hospital. ‘He said, ‘I’m OK,’ or words to that effect,’ Dodd said. ‘It’s not a medical conclusion, but when he bellows, he’s usually in pretty good shape.’

-- Michael Muskal

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