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Doctors: Heinz Kerry's condition improving

BOSTON -- Doctors evaluating Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, reported improvement in her condition yesterday, according to the State Department, but few details were being disclosed about her illness.

Heinz Kerry, 74, heir to the Heinz ketchup fortune, was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Sunday after first being brought by ambulance to a hospital on Nantucket, where the couple has a home.

Heinz Kerry showed symptoms consistent with a seizure, said a person in contact with the family who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Doctors upgraded her condition from critical to fair after conducting tests and she was undergoing further evaluation, Glen Johnson, a spokesman for Kerry, said in a statement. In 2009, Heinz Kerry was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent lumpectomies on both breasts.

Kerry was at the hospital with his wife and was undecided about his immediate schedule, the State Department said. He had been expected to participate in a U.S.-China dialogue in Washington this week. -- AP

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