Beau Biden headed back home
August 22nd, 2013
12:28 PM ET
11 months ago

Beau Biden headed back home

(CNN) – Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, announced Thursday he's on his way back to Delaware after successfully undergoing a procedure and medical evaluations in Houston.


The Delaware attorney general is in "great shape," the White House said Wednesday. He 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 on Tuesday, or have relayed a doctor's diagnosis.

A statement from the vice president and second lady Jill Biden on Wednesday 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 colleagues Wednesday.

The vice president traveled to Houston with his son and canceled scheduled events to stay by his side.

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 White House confirmed Thursday that the vice president will still attend an event on Friday with the president in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where Biden was born and spent part of his childhood.

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 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 (17 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Get well, Beau.

    August 22, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Gurgy

    Beau, pl. get well soon, we pray.

    August 22, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. us_1776

    Good luck, Beau.

    Get a second opinion sooner next time.

    .

    August 22, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. PJ

    Very good news! I know more treatment is ahead, but MDA thought it could be done at home, and that's a win.

    August 22, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Nothing At All

    How wonder for the political elites who receive the best medical care in the world.

    August 22, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Ryan in Texas

    Funny, he didn't go to Massachusetts with their Gov't healthcare system. And I thought it was very close to Delaware. Canada is also much closer than Houston.
    When they really need great healthcare, Europeans, Canadians and others come to where it is at the cutting edge.
    Best of luck to you – hope you learned a little lesson about Gov't healthcare.

    August 22, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Red

    That is great news. Thank you for your service in Iraq, Beau!

    August 22, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Imagine that

    Imagine that, at least they do two things well in Texas: Austin = music. Houston = doctors.

    August 22, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    He didn't need to go anywhere. As a government employee I would think he has complete healthcare coverage, much like congress and the senate has. No need to go to Massachusetts or Canada.

    August 22, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    @Ryan in Texas: "Funny, he didn't go to Massachusetts with their Gov't healthcare system. And I thought it was very close to Delaware. Canada is also much closer than Houston."

    You're a Class-A twit. Beau went to this hospital based on his ailment (which we don't know) and his doctor's diagnosis (again, which we don't know).

    August 22, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. esu589

    Would he be covered under Ocare?

    August 22, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. johngalt

    @Ryan in Texas: "Funny, he didn't go to Massachusetts with their Gov't healthcare system. And I thought it was very close to Delaware. Canada is also much closer than Houston."

    While in Houston, Biden was at M.D. Anderson. I'm sorry, that would be the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Being from Texas, you might be aware that the University of Texas is a public university, as in part of the Texas state government. You know, government-run.

    August 22, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Pk duster

    Good luck i hope you are as nice as your dad is

    August 22, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Vickie Holbrook

    Hey Imagine That...we do lots of things well in Texas, balance budgets, product oil and gas for the rest of the country, have GREAT people, the best doctors, the Dallas Cowboys are the #1 NFL franchise in the country. Do you want more?

    August 22, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Vickie Holbrook

    Oh, yea...and we're a RED state.

    August 22, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Mo in VA

    "Funny, he didn't go to Massachusetts with their Gov't healthcare system. And I thought it was very close to Delaware."

    It's 4 states away. Thar's that Texas geography learnin' for ya.

    August 22, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  17. Makikijoe

    He's not perfect but I have absolutely NO REGRETS about voting for him.

    He is a hundred times better than ANY repugnant Republican ever would be.

    I'll contribute money to the Democratic Senatorial Committee and the Democratic Congressional Committee between now and November of 2014, as much as I can.

    I'll do what I can to keep the GOP from getting total control of Congress.

    They are ONLY interested in helping the top one percent.

    Not the 99%.

    It's sad they have so many people in the 99% hoodwinked into thinking that they care about the poor and the middle class..

    August 23, 2013 03:46 am at 3:46 am |