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Kennedy Experiences Convulsions; Taken Out on Stretcher

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) was taken away from a celebratory congressional luncheon this afternoon after experiencing convulsions.
 
 
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Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., was taken from a celebratory congressional luncheon this afternoon after experiencing convulsions. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said Kennedy " had a seizure, and he's gone to the hospital." President Barack Obama told the gathering that Kennedy "was there when the Voting Rights Act passed, and along with John Lewis, was a warrior for justice. 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 (Kennedy's wife) Vicki."

 

 

Update: NBC reports that Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told reporters briefly that he and Kerry went to the ambulance with Kennedy and that he looked better there. "It was a difficult thing," Hatch said. " It looked to me like he was going to be OK" when he was with Kennedy at the ambulance.

Faiz Shakir is the research director at the Center for American Progress and serves as editor of ThinkProgress.org and the Progress Report.

 
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