Beau Biden in 'great shape' after procedure
August 21st, 2013
04:55 PM ET
11 months ago

Beau Biden in 'great shape' after procedure

Updated at 5:37 p.m. ET on 8/21

(CNN) – Beau Biden, who traveled to Texas this week for medical tests, successfully underwent a procedure Tuesday and is currently in "great shape," the White House said Wednesday.

The Delaware attorney general and son of Vice President Joe Biden was being evaluated at the University of Texas MD Anderson medical center, a world renowned cancer treatment hospital, after feeling weak and disoriented on a family vacation last week. Neither the vice president's office nor representatives for Beau Biden have specified what procedure he underwent, or have relayed a doctor’s diagnosis.

The statement from the vice president and second lady Jill Biden, and released by the White House, said Beau Biden would be discharged on Thursday and go home to Delaware, where he'll follow up with local doctors.

A separate statement from the Delaware Department of Justice noted Attorney General Biden had discussed state matters with collegues Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, the vice president's office said three events on Joe Biden's Thursday calendar would be canceled so he could remain in Houston with his son.

Biden was scheduled to attend a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee and an event at Salve Regina University - both in Rhode Island - as well as a fundraising event in Maine for New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan.

The vice president is scheduled to attend an event on Friday with the president in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where Biden was born and spent part of his childhood, but there has been no word on whether he will still make the trip.

The vice president and his wife, Jill, stayed overnight Tuesday in Houston with Beau Biden.

The vice president's office first said on Monday that Beau Biden was being evaluated at a hospital in Houston.

The incident that prompted the hospital visit happened August 14 while Biden was on vacation. He began to feel "weak and disoriented following a long drive to Indiana," the Delaware Department of Justice wrote in a statement.

Initially admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Biden traveled the next morning to the Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia to speak with his doctor.

The statement said Biden was discharged and spent the weekend at his home in Wilmington, Delaware.

In 2010, the younger Biden suffered what doctors said was a mild stroke. His speech and motor skills were not affected.

Biden, 44, was elected as Delaware's attorney general in 2006. He served in Iraq for one year as a captain with the Delaware Army National Guard. Biden acted as a prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia from 1997 to 2002.

He and his wife, Hallie, have two children.

CNN's Kevin Liptak and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. CB FL

    That is what a good man and father should do. God Bless

    August 21, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. dwicjan

    Hope he gets better soon. Always wonder if there could be some connection to his military service. He is at one of the best medical facilities in the US.

    August 21, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I'm going to pray for Beau. He's still just a kid.

    August 21, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. ????

    We will keep the Biden family in our thoughts and prayers.

    August 21, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Deb in MT

    Good men from a lovely family: my thoughts & ptayers go out to them. Get well soon, Beau.

    August 21, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "what studies? union studies that say it is far cheaper to hire government employees for decades which you can fire or get rid of and then have to pay retirement and healthcare for? please post referneces to your non-existant "studies". "

    I quite clearly cited a study and who performed it. And no, they're not "union", oh queen of ad hominem. They're analysis was quite thorough and objective and a lot of the explanations they gave and suggestions they make for fixing it were very reasonable, such as pointing out that these gov't contracts are doing a terrible job of emulating market prices and that the entire contracting process is far too opaque and needs to be made more transparent in order to force the prices down. The only reason for opposing things like that is because you like the fact that privatization of gov't functions via private contractors is a FANTASTIC way for politicians to funnel money to friends, puppetmasters, donors and others they wish to pander to. THAT is why you've been sold the LIE that it is cheaper and why they have spent so much time, money and energy convincing you to resent public employees for trying to get a living wage and decent benefits.

    August 21, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    The peace Lilly needs watering.

    August 21, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    " Always wonder if there could be some connection to his military service"

    Nah...the Illuminati was grooming him to be POTUS after Clinton, but some people just have a sensitive immune system, so his body is rejecting the tinfoil mind control spikes they've implanted in every POTUS's head since Eisenhower. Just ask the Teatrolls...they're pretty darn sure Obama had them implanted.

    August 21, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. emskadittle

    wtg Joe, family always comes first

    August 21, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. norma jean

    Joe Biden is one of the few men on the political scene who seems to be a real person....He cares for our people and our country....is a welcome partner for our president but manages to realize the importance of family coming first .....not just his but ours as well.....Wishing his son the best he can be and the tests making this so!!!!!

    August 21, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Edwin

    Sniffit: I hate to break it to you, but they no longer use tinfoil spikes – too conspicuous. They now implant microchips next to the brain stem. They are mass producing them, too – soon everyone will get one :)

    August 22, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Jonus Grumby

    Get well soon.

    August 22, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. Choconet

    He's in good hands at MD Anderson. I had a relative undergo cancer treatment there over 10 years ago. He's still alive and completely cured of his cancer. That's an awesome hospital and thanks to generous donations from people like George Foreman the children's cancer wing is almost like home.

    August 22, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. jeri lynn williams

    May the sun shine on Mr. Biden's recovery and may peace be with his family as they care for him. :)

    August 22, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. joan dantonio

    hoping for a positive outcome

    August 22, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |