Politics & Media
Jan 20, 2009, 10:11AM

Both Sen. Kennedy and Sen. Byrd Suffer Medical Distress at Inauguration Lunch

Byrd's health has been failing of late, and Kennedy underwent brain cancer surgery last year.

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.A police radio picked up a call for paramedics to help someone stricken with a seizure, O'Connor said.


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