Kennedy Suffers Seizure, Collapses

Sen. Byrd also has medical issues at Obama lunch
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2009 2:20 PM CST
President Barack Obama stands with Jill Biden, Vice-President Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at a lunch at the Capitol.   (Pool Photo)
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(Newser) – Ted Kennedy suffered an apparent seizure and was taken from an inaugural lunch at the Capitol today by medical personnel, Politico reports. Kennedy’s health troubles came minutes after fellow senator Robert Byrd also had to leave the event due to medical troubles; Byrd was conscious but was having trouble eating, a witness said.

“He was there when the voting rights act passed,” President Obama said of Kennedy at the lunch. “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. It’s a joyous time but it’s also a sobering time. My prayers are with him and his family.”