Kennedy Not in Immediate Danger; Seizure Cause Sought

The Boston Globe reports the latest on Senator Ted Kennedy, friends and associates have said that hos “condition was considered serious,” but “his life did not appear to be in imminent danger.” Kennedy was hospitalized earlier today after suffering a seizure.

The news of his hospitalization has drawn an outpouring “of support from across the nation and the ideological spectrum.”

The 76-year-old Democrat, a tireless advocate for liberal causes and the surviving patriarch of the storied Kennedy political dynasty, was talkative and joking with family members this afternoon, friends and associates said. […]

‘‘Senator Kennedy was admitted to Massachusetts General today after experiencing a seizure at his home,’’ Kennedy’s personal physician, Dr. Larry Ronan, said in a statement released tonight. ‘‘Preliminary tests have determined that he has not suffered a stroke and is not in any immediate danger. He’s resting comfortably and watching the Red Sox game with his family.

‘‘Over the next couple of days, Senator Kennedy will undergo further evaluation to determine the cause of the seizure, and a course of treatment will be determined at that time,’’ Ronan said.

By the evening, the mood of Kennedy family and friends contrasted markedly to that of the morning, when he was stricken at his Hyannis Port compound at about 8:15 a.m., rushed first to Cape Cod Hospital and then transported by helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. […]

Hospital personnel declined to comment on his condition, and the longer term impact of the episodes remained unclear.

The Globe also notes that a “seizure is an electrical disturbance in the brain that usually lasts no longer than a couple of minutes, and it can have multiple causes, including a fever, infection, dehydration, a stroke, a tumor, or an old head injury.”

This is the “second time in seven months that Kennedy has been hospitalized;” last October, “doctors performed surgery to clean out a partially blocked neck artery they said had put him at risk of a stroke.”

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