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Senator Kennedy discharged from hospital

Veteran Senator Edward Kennedy was held overnight for observation before his release this morning. He was in good spirits and doctors wanted him to get some rest, a hospital spokeswoman was quoted as saying by the New York Times.

world Updated: Jan 22, 2009 01:06 IST

Veteran Senator Edward Kennedy was on Wednesday discharged from the Washington Hospital Centre, where he had been in observation overnight, after he collapsed at the inaugural Congressional luncheon for new US President Barack Obama.

Kennedy, 76, was held overnight for observation before his release this morning. He was in good spirits and doctors wanted him to get some rest, a hospital spokeswoman was quoted as saying by the New York Times.

The senator, who was diagnosed with brain tumour in May, had a seizure due to "fatigue" during the lunch and was taken in an ambulance to the hospital.

"After testing, we believe the incident was brought on by simple fatigue," Edward Aulisi, Chairman neurosurgery at Washington Hospital Center, said last night in a statement, adding the Massachusetts Senator is feeling much better.

"Sen Kennedy is awake, talking with family and friends, and feeling well. He will remain at the Washington Hospital Center overnight for observation, and will be released in the morning," Aulisi said.

Kennedy, diagnosed with brain cancer last year and now undergoing treatment, insisted on attending the historic event, despite advice from his aides against it.