October 13th, 2007
02:02 PM ET
6 months ago

Kennedy released from hospital

Doctors removed a blockage from Sen. Ted Kennedy's left carotid artery Friday.

BOSTON (CNN) - Sen. Ted Kennedy was released from the hospital Saturday, following a procedure Friday to remove a blockage in his left carotid artery, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Democrat said.

"Senator Kennedy was released from Massachusetts General Hospital today following Friday's successful surgery to remove blockage in his carotid artery. After a few days of rest at home in Hyannis Port, the senator will return to the Senate," said Melissa Wagoner.

Kennedy's office said the blockage was discovered "as part of a routine evaluation of Senator Kennedy's back and spine."

"MRI studies picked up an unrelated, asymptomatic blockage in the senator's left carotid artery," the office said Friday in a written statement. It described the procedures as "preventive surgery."

Doctors for Kennedy, 75, said they performed a carotid endarterectomy, which involves making a cut in the neck and pulling plaque out of the artery.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Joyce, Naples

    Dear Senator, I wish you speedy recovery but for God sake, please go away from politics. Your role in the senate is to destroy our country. You have done so much bad for this country. You have sheltered all the illegals to get votes. It is time for you to retire now. Goodbye.

    October 13, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Tom, AlBUQUERQUE, NM

    Thank God for the success of Senator Kennedy surgery. Though Senator Kennedy is demonized and vilified by the republicans this man has been true to his convictions and devotion to civil rights and constitutional integrity. He is indeed a rarity in todays ever shifting profiles in convictions and courage. And lastly he is not some closeted homosexual or sexual pervert like some of his virulent opponents.

    October 13, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Will Farnum, Treasure Isle, FL

    Tom Said, "....And lastly he is not some closeted homosexual or sexual pervert like some of his virulent opponents."

    No that would found be within the rest of the Kennedy family tree.

    PS – Tom, I do know some Democrats who don't like Senator Kennedy for what he is and for the things he's done.

    October 13, 2007 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Yes....Kennedy has done so much for people who choose not to work....and never voted against a tax increase when it would pay for another entitlement program....what a saint...(yes..I know...the girl he drove off the bridge....and never answered for it...)

    October 13, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. John, San Francisco CA

    Constitutional integrity? What a joke.

    October 13, 2007 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. Kim, Peabody MA

    Kennedy is a blatant violator of the US Constitution and a Traitor to our Troops! He should be charged with treason!! An example of this is his continuous attempts to sneak the “Hate Crimes” bill within capital appropriation bills and such to move HIS agenda forward! The Kennedy sponsored “Hate Grimes” bill is a VIOLATION of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution – Period

    Every American needs to read this article by Pete Grasso!

    http://www.grassoforpresident.com/site/Viewer.aspx?iid=11210&mname=Article&rpid=3861

    WAKE UP AMERICA!! Kennedy should not be heralded as some savior but should be IMPEACHED and Ostracized as a traitor to this nation!

    October 13, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  7. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    One huge difference between the Kennedy family and the Bush family is that the Kennedys have consistently pushed for increasing taxes on themselves and the rich to help the poor and the Bushs have consistently fought to decrease taxes on themselves and the rich and make the poor pay more. Hypocrite Bush obviously doesn't believe the Bible because it says "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God”.

    October 13, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  8. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    To Kim:

    You and Mr. Grasso need to read the Preamble and the Constitution. This document is the basis for American life. How many times is God mentioned? ZERO. All the Christians that created it believed it was BEST TO SEPARATE CHURCH AND STATE. They wanted to create the best government possible and that's what these very bright mostly Christian people decided.

    Calling someone who disagrees with you a "blatant violator of the Constitution" (when you don't even understand it) and a "traitor" shows that there are a lot of Christians who don't believe in the Golden Rule. You call Sen. Kennedy a "traitor" because he supports the safe return of our brave soldiers as soon as possible and you, instead, support them staying in Iraq and dying. Think before you make libelous comments.

    October 14, 2007 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  9. Gerg Manoco, Forest Hills, NY

    Unfortunately not in a body bag.

    October 14, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. susan olmo Brea, CA

    When will Teddy go away for good. He is a leach on society and has not done one good thing to improve our country. He is a JOKE and should be in prison along with Sandy Burger. What Hipocracy!!!

    October 14, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Not Rich in Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

    Richard (WPB, FL), You said in part, "One huge difference between the Kennedy family and the Bush family is that the Kennedys have consistently pushed for increasing taxes on themselves....."

    OK – tell me where Rose Kennedy's estate was probated. I know it wasn't in Taxachsetts where the rate would have been among the highest in the nation. Kennedy's pushing tax increases on themselves? More like taxing anyone rich enough to wear shoes for their own skewed social view of the world. And yes The Bush administration has cut taxes – but it is Congress that keeps on increasing spending year after year after year that makes everyone rich and poor pay more. Go to the the Congressional Budget Office web site and you'll see what I mean.

    October 14, 2007 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  12. josh

    If we lived with socialized medicine, he would not have even been admitted yet. Just ask all the Canadians who come to the USA and pay Cash for medical services that they can't wait for in their socialized medical program.

    October 14, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. josh

    Did he get a fatsoplasty with that coronary artery bypass graft? Congrats on being released... Now have a cocktail and drive back to work.

    October 14, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  14. Lou, NY NY

    Mary Jo Kopechne, however, is still dead.

    October 14, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  15. Ryan Indianapolis

    WHO CARES.........

    October 15, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    "And yes The Bush administration has cut taxes – but it is Congress that keeps on increasing spending year after year after year that makes everyone rich and poor pay more"
    -
    If anyone looks at budget statistics, they will see that conservatives have been the biggest debt-generators of all. Nearly every one of our top 20 deficits have come from: George Bush, who will probably end up with the 7 LARGEST DEFICITS in history, George H. W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan who had all the previous records for deficits. Every one of the "conservative" Reagan's years in office he generated deficits that were larger than the highest debts in history before he took office. Who generated the largest surplus in history? The "tax and spend Democrat" Bill Clinton.

    Generating huge expenses without paying for them is the height of irresponsible economics. You certainly don't continue to run up charges on your credit card and think you are doing good economically. If Bush had cared about spending, he would have vetoed EVEN ONE bill from his Republican-lead Congress. Even Alan Greenspan, who Republicans credit for success in the Clinton years, has said that Bush's economic policies are WRONG.

    October 15, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    "And yes The Bush administration has cut taxes – but it is Congress that keeps on increasing spending year after year after year that makes everyone rich and poor pay more"
    -
    If anyone looks at budget statistics, they will see that conservatives have been the biggest debt-generators of all. Nearly every one of our top 20 deficits have come from: George Bush, who will probably end up with the 7 LARGEST DEFICITS in history, George H. W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan who had all the previous records for deficits. Every one of the "conservative" Reagan's years in office he generated deficits that were larger than the highest debts in history before he took office. Who generated the largest surplus in history? The "tax and spend Democrat" Bill Clinton.

    Generating huge expenses without paying for them is the height of irresponsible economics. You certainly don't continue to run up charges on your credit card and think you are doing good economically. If Bush had cared about spending, he would have vetoed EVEN ONE bill from his Republican-lead Congress. Even Alan Greenspan, who Republicans credit for success in the Clinton years, has said that Bush's economic policies are WRONG

    October 15, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    To: Lou, NY NY

    Michael Douglas, who Laura Bush killed through her negligent driving, is still dead.

    October 15, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. VanReuter NY NY

    Poor Teddy, enduring (tax-payer funded FREE) surgery to unclog his fat-filled carotid artery.

    You ate the finest, fatest meals paid by the taxpayers coffers. Now that you're old and deterorating health – WE must pay to fix you?

    You, sir, epitomize the failure of our political system: Encumbent politicians getting fat (literally) off the backs of the people – feeling entitled to praise and condolences.

    Go away, Theodore, just go away.

    Van

    October 15, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. NoBulHere, Boise ID

    Posted by Richard
    Posted by Richard
    "Generating huge expenses without paying for them is the height of irresponsible economics. You certainly don't continue to run up charges on your credit card and think you are doing good economically. If Bush had cared about spending, he would have vetoed EVEN ONE bill from his Republican-lead Congress. Even Alan Greenspan, who Republicans credit for success in the Clinton years, has said that Bush's economic policies are WRONG

    Posted By Richard, Posted by Richard.

    Yup, the economy is really in the toilet since the tax breaks took effect. STcok market up several thousand points since Bill Clinton left and we have record tax revenues whilst the nasty tax cuts are in play (Check the Gov't OMB or IRS web site if you don't beleive me). Bill Clinton didn't fight a war or have to fund it (Kosovo – OH Please – compared to Iraq it was a schoolyard scrap). Since the war is about 10% of the overall budget – where do you think the deficits are coming from? Oh that's right – the budget people – the big ear-mark spenders in Congress (both parties are at fault here) and from the increases in all of the wonderful entitlement programs. So before you razz the prez, do some homework here – he's taking the rap for the sins of Congress by and large. PS – the defict is now shrinking at a greater rate than had been thought possible – all due to the tax revenues that have been stimulated by the expanding economy due to the Bush tax cuts.

    October 16, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. JOYCE

    TEDDY GOT MEDICAL HELP FOR HIMSELF. WHY DIDN'T HE GET HELP FOR MARY JO?

    January 28, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |