Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ted Kennedy Taken out of Inaugural Luncheon on Stretcher

MSNBC is reporting that Sen. Ted Kennedy was removed from President Obama's inaugural luncheon on a stretcher. No further details are known at this time. I pray that he'll be alright.

UPDATE: MSNBC and Politico are reporting now that both Sen. Kennedy and Sen. Robert Byrd were both stricken at the luncheon:
Ted Kennedy was taken out of the Statuary Hall luncheon after suffering an apparent seizure -- a few minutes after Sen. Robert Byrd was removed in his wheelchair under the supervision of medical personnel.

"He was there when the voting rights act passed….so I would be lying to you if I did not say that right now a part of me is with him, I think that’s true for all of us," Obama told dignitaries gathered at his Congressional lunch . "It’s a joyous time but it’s also a sobering time..My prayers are with him and his family."

Byrd was conscious and had been having trouble eating, according to a witness.

Kennedy, who underwent brain cancer surgery last year, was taken to the Rayburn room after suffering an apparent convulsion before being rushed to a hospital, House officials told our Patrick O'Connor.

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