Vice President Biden, son leave MD Anderson


by staff, Associated Press

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 2:35 PM

HOUSTON—Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Beau, departed MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on Thursday morning.

The Bidens flew out of Ellington Field on Air Force 2 and headed home to Delaware.

"On our way home! Can't wait to get back. Thank you, Houston," Beau Biden tweeted Thursday just before 11 a.m. 

The younger Biden underwent a medical procedure at MD Anderson on Tuesday.

In a statement released by the White House, the vice president and his wife, Jill, said their son underwent “a successful procedure,” but they did not provide any details.

“He is in great shape and is going to be discharged tomorrow and heading home to Delaware,” they said in the statement Wednesday. “He will follow up with his local physicians in the coming weeks.”

The White House declined to answer any questions about what procedure was performed, including whether it was diagnostic or therapeutic in nature.

Beau Biden, 44, was hospitalized last week in Chicago after becoming weak and disoriented while on a family vacation in Indiana.

Two weeks earlier, emergency crews were called to the vice president’s Delaware home, where his son was staying, in response to a report of a possible stroke.

A county dispatch center log indicates that on Aug. 1, someone at the vice president’s home was reported to be possibly having a stroke and apparently not alert. Beau Biden has been staying at his father’s Greenville home while his own house is renovated.

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 suffered a minor stroke in 2010.

The Delaware Department of Justice released a statement saying the younger Biden had spoken Wednesday afternoon with his chief deputy and with the state prosecutor about several issues, including efforts to fight violent crime in Wilmington, and that he would speak with them again Thursday after returning to Wilmington.

It was not immediately clear when Beau Biden would return to work. He was not available for comment and Jason Miller, a spokesman for the Delaware Department of Justice, declined to elaborate beyond the written statement.

A hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday afternoon that officials had no additional information.

The younger Biden has posted three photos of himself in recent days - one of him smiling with his father 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.

A third photo tweeted Thursday morning included both couples at MD Anderson.

The White House said Vice President Biden had canceled scheduled appearances in Rhode Island and Maine on Thursday to remain in Houston with his son and other family members. The vice president is still scheduled to join President Barack Obama in Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pa., on Friday during the second day of an Obama bus tour to discuss college costs.

Beau Biden is the eldest son of Joe Biden. After the 1972 accident that killed his first wife and daughter and critically injured Beau Biden and his brother Hunter, the vice president devoted himself to caring for his two sons as a single father.

Beau Biden served a yearlong deployment to Iraq with his Army National Guard unit, returning stateside in 2009.

He and his wife have two children.

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