Vice president’s son later admitted to hospital; no details released on his health

Last updated: August 22. 2013 8:53AM - 1270 Views
RANDALL CHASE Associated Press

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DOVER, Del. — Emergency responders were called earlier this month to the home where the son of Vice President Joe Biden has been staying, two weeks before he was hospitalized during a family vacation, authorities said Wednesday.

A county dispatch center log indicates someone at the vice president’s home was reported to be possibly having a stroke and apparently not alert. Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, 44, has been staying at his father’s Greenville home while his own house is renovated.

The younger Biden suffered a mild stroke in 2010 and is being treated at a cancer center in Texas after becoming weak and disoriented while vacationing in Indiana last week.

Rickie Clark, a staff supervisor with the Cranston Heights Fire Co., confirmed Wednesday that county dispatchers received a call for help from Joe Biden’s home. However, he refused to provide further details.

The dispatch log on the fire department’s website shows two references to the vice president’s home on Aug. 1, one at 9:25 p.m. and another about a minute and a half later. Both cite “Cva-Not Alert,” indicating that a person was in distress and apparently not alert or responsive to his or her surroundings. Clark said “Cva” is shorthand for cerebrovascular accident, or stroke.

Biden was initially admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago last week and traveled the next day to the Philadelphia hospital where he had been treated for his 2010 stroke to consult with his doctor. He spent last weekend at home in Wilmington before going to Texas.

Julie Penne, a spokeswoman for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, said Wednesday that she did not have any information on Biden.

The younger Biden has posted two photos of himself in recent days — one of him smiling with his father on Sunday, the other of him smiling with his wife, Hallie, on Tuesday. “Touched by all your well wishes—thank you. Nice evening in Houston w/ Hallie; will share update when we have it,” said the tweet accompanying the photo with his wife.

The White House said Wednesday that Joe Biden has canceled scheduled appearances in Rhode Island and Maine today to remain in Houston with his son and other family members.

Joe Biden is still scheduled to join President Barack Obama in Biden’s hometown of Scranton on Friday during the second day of an Obama bus tour to discuss college costs.

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