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Kennedy heads home after brain surgery at Duke

Posted June 9, 2008

— Sen. Edward Kennedy was released from Duke University Hospital Monday, a week after undergoing surgery for brain cancer.

The elder Kennedy underwent surgery June 2, when Dr. Allan Friedman tried to remove as much of a brain tumor as possible. Kennedy's son, U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, said the surgery went better than anyone expected.

"Sen. Edward Kennedy is making an excellent recovery from his brain surgery. He will continue his recuperation at home in Massachusetts under the supervision of the very capable doctors at the Massachusetts General Hospital," Friedman said in a statement Monday.

"The senator and his wife, Vicki, are wonderful people, and I hope you will join me in wishing them the best as they continue their difficult journey to fight this disease. Their courageous and positive attitude is a lesson for us all," Friedman said.

Patrick Kennedy said his father would head home to Hyannisport on Cape Cod and would begin targeted radiation and chemotherapy treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Friedman is a respected leader in the giant field of neuro-oncology.

"He's an excellent surgeon. His patients are in very good hands," said Dr. Matthew Ewend, the neurosurgery chief at the nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Friedman is Duke's neurosurgeon-in-chief and the program director of the university's Division of Neurosurgery. He also serves as the deputy director of the university's Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center.

An internationally known tumor and vascular surgeon, he is responsible for more than 90 percent of tumor resections and biopsies at Duke.


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  • haggis basher Jun 9, 2008

    Mary Jo Kopekne WAS pregnant, reportedly though from a boyfriend, not a Kennedy."
    Without a PM how could you "know" her medical condition or parentage of the child? His crime was quite big enough to ruin any political career without the conspiracy theories that it was more than just an accident.

  • readme Jun 9, 2008

    Most of you need to chill. I had a close relative saved by this guy. And I promise you he is not rich or connected.

  • Adelinthe Jun 9, 2008

    haggisbasher - Mary Jo Kopekne WAS pregnant, reportedly though from a boyfriend, not a Kennedy.

    Praying that for once, you get your facts straight for once. Just once!!!


    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Boo Jun 9, 2008

    WhoCare - I'm glad you know so much. This one you don't know, you think you do but you don't.

  • whocares Jun 9, 2008

    I hate to tell you but Duke HAS to accept people regardless of whether they have insurance or NOT. They are a teaching hospital and as such they have to render care to everyone, not just people who have private coverage or Medicaid.

  • Boo Jun 9, 2008

    Hockey Rules in response to your question. The doctors treat whoever is on their appointment schedule on any given day. At Duke you must be preapproved and your insurance and assets checked, unless you go to the ED, before you are let in the door. Duke is not like Wake or Rex - you have to have a physician referral before going to the hospital there. You said that what I say about insurance was a lie - I hate to pop your bubble but I know for a fact what I'm talking about and you, my kind sir, would probably not receive the same care as Senator Kennedy. Let's just see if you could even get into a VIP room (and yes they do have them).

  • heelhome1 Jun 9, 2008

    I have to chime in on this one. My son-in-law is suffering with brain tumors and is a state employee. No dignitary, no wealth, just a regular 8-5 working parent. Dr. Friedman at Duke was kind enough to offer a second opinion on this young man's health problems, procedures already performed, diagnosis, and treatment options. He did this free of charge, just to provide a second opinion. I would guess he is a dedicated medical professional who treats everyone with respect.

  • HockeyRules Jun 9, 2008

    "You don't receive the same health care because his is paid for life - and the finest - if he never returns to Washington. "

    So are you saying that this doctor only treats people who have certain coverages? And he does not provide the same quality of care if that person does not have the same coverage?

  • shine Jun 9, 2008

    You don't receive the same health care because his is paid for life - and the finest - if he never returns to Washington. You paid for it -------- just can't afford your own.

    I do not wish him any bad outcome - he and the rest (just like him) are taken care of forever - while you and yours might suffer or not receive the same. It is an example of what a self serving Goverment has evolved to.

  • blablah Jun 9, 2008

    Hubby and I stayed in Wake County this weekend...the motel was packed with state troopers...some in town for training and others there 'cause the Governor along with other dignitarians were to be close by...anyone know what was going on??