Edward M. Kennedy was airlifted Cape Cod to the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA after falling victim to a seizure.
A family spokeswoman said Saturday evening that Mr. Kennedy, 76, was “conscious, talking and joking with family” who had gathered at Massachusetts General Hospital. Several other Kennedy associates said they were told that the senator, Democrat of Massachusetts, would recover, but that he was scheduled to undergo tests to determine what caused the seizure.
Mr. Kennedy’s wife, Victoria, his children and niece Caroline Kennedy were among those who rushed to the hospital in Boston after he was taken by medical helicopter from Cape Cod Hospital. He fell ill at his family’s compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., shortly after 8 a.m. and was transported by fire officials to the local hospital.
Mr. Kennedy underwent surgery at the same hospital in October to remove a blockage in his left carotid artery, in part to prevent a stroke, which can be caused by the interruption of the flow of blood to the brain. The blockage was found as doctors were examining his back and neck, which were severely injured in an airplane crash in 1964. After the surgery, doctors recommended that he take aspirin to prevent blood clots. He was already on medication to control blood pressure and cholesterol.