Leading philanthropist and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, has been hospitalized since last night, when she was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, after being stabilized by doctors at Nantucket Cottage Hospital, according to a spokesman for John Kerry. Reports note that the 74-year-old breast cancer survivor was admitted to the E.R. in Nantucket at 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Today, she's said to be in "critical but stabilized" condition.
Although the Kerry family is "grateful for the outpouring of support it has received and aware of the interest in [Teresa's] condition," according to the Secretary of State's personal spokesman, they haven't confirmed any details about Heinz Kerry's condition or illness. However, the AP reports that a person in close contact with the family -- who spoke on condition of anonymity -- has said that her symptoms were "consistent with a seizure."
It's hard to jump to any conclusions at this time, however, as the family has yet to confirm exactly what happened. The latest from the anonymous source was that Heinz Kerry is being evaluated by physicians this morning.
The last news of her health struggles was back in 2009, when she was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, undergoing lumpectomies on both breasts twice in one year. Her bravery through that health struggle should come as no surprise, really, being that we came to know her in the 2004 presidential election as a dynamic, opinionated, passionate potential First Lady.
That said, I would guess she is navigating this current health struggle with her characteristic strength. And it's reassuring to know that Secretary Kerry is by her side, having put his plans for strategic and economic talks with senior Chinese officials and a possible trip to Israel on hold for the time being.
Check out this report from CBS News for more details ...
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