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Doc: Kennedy doing well after collapsing at Obama luncheon

WASHINGTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, ill with a brain tumor, was hospitalized Tuesday but quickly reported feeling wellafter suffering a seizure at a post-inauguration luncheon for President Barack Obama.

"After testing, we believe the incident was brought on by simple fatigue," Dr. Edward Aulisi, chairman of neurosurgery at Washington Hospital Center said in a statement released by thesenator's office. "He will remain . . . overnight for observation,and will be released in the morning."

The statement said the 76-year-old senator (D-Mass.) "is awake, talkingwith family and friends, and feeling well."

The statement did not disclose the tests that were performed onKennedy, whose seizure was witnessed by several fellow senatorsseated with him at lunch.

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), told reporters that he and Kennedy'swife, Vicki, grabbed the senator as he became ill.

Added Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), "It took a lot out of him.Seizures are exhausting."

Even so, Dodd quoted Kennedy as saying, "I'll be OK, I'll seeyou later" as he was put into an ambulance.

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