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Sen. Kennedy Returns Home From Hospital

UPDATE 10:35 AM: Sen. Edward Kennedy's (D-Mass.) office just released this update:

"Senator Kennedy is returning to his home in Hyannis Port today. His doctors are pleased with his progress since surgery a week ago, and he will continue to recuperate at home before starting the next phase of his treatment. He is thankful for the extraordinary care of the doctors and nurses at Duke, and also for the continued prayers and well wishes from the people of Massachusetts and all over the country. In the interest of family privacy, there will not be regular updates regarding the Senator's daily schedule or treatment plans moving forward."

ORIGINAL POST: Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) said in a newspaper interview Sunday that his father, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), was expected to go home today from the hospital following successful brain surgery and that the elder Kennedy was eager to work with a potential future president Barack Obama.

Patrick Kennedy told the Providence Journal, during an appearance at the Rhode Island Democratic Convention, that his father's surgery "went better than anyone expected."

"I know he is planning for the future and being chairman of the committee that will consider the health-care legislation when Obama is president. That is what he is talking and thinking about," he said, adding that Edward Kennedy wanted to begin drafting universal health care legislation soon so ""it can be ready when Obama takes over in January."

Sen. Kennedy had surgery to remove part of a malignant brain tumor one week ago today at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina. The surgery, described by experts as an aggressive form of treatment for the 76-year-old's condition, came after he had suffered a seizure May 17 and was later diagnosed with cancer.

Kennedy is the second-longest-serving current member of the Senate. The longest-serving senator in history, Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), was himself recently released from the hospital after having suffered from a fever and is also recuperating at home.

By Ben Pershing  |  June 9, 2008; 9:35 AM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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