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Biden's Son Under Evaluation at Houston Hospital

Aug 20, 2013

Beau Biden, Delaware's attorney general and the eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, is under evaluation in Houston for an "episode of disorientation and weakness" he experienced while on vacation last week.

Joe Biden accompanied his son to Houston on Monday morning, according to a statement from the Office of the Vice President.

Beau Biden felt "weak and disoriented" on Wednesday night following a long drive to Indiana for a family vacation and was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, a statement from his office said.

"The next morning, feeling better, he traveled to Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia to consult with his doctor about his earlier symptoms. The Attorney General was discharged and spent the weekend at home in Wilmington," the Delaware Department of Justice release said.

The younger Biden, who suffered what was described as a mild stroke in 2010, is undergoing testing at an unspecified location in Houston "to investigate the cause of his symptoms," the statement said.

Biden, 44, was elected as Delaware's attorney general in 2006 and is in his second term. The former federal prosecutor in Philadelphia served in Iraq for one year as a captain with the Delaware Army National Guard. He was considered a front-runner to fill his father's former U.S. Senate seat in 2010, but decided against running for higher office. The attorney general and his wife, Hallie, have two children.

A Delaware justice department spokesman declined to provide additional details, including where the attorney general was receiving medical care, but disclosed that Beau Biden spoke to his chief deputy over the weekend and was in touch with his office on Monday evening.

Memorial Hermann's The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, renown for its expertise in neurological issues such as stroke and where former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords recovered from head injuries following a 2011 shooting, would be a likely place for the attorney general to seek treatment.

But late Monday, Memorial Hermann spokeswoman Alex Rodriguez said the younger Biden was not a patient.

As a 45-year-old senator, the vice president underwent surgeries in 1988 to correct two brain aneurysms -- one of which nearly killed him.

Source: (c)2013 the Houston Chronicle. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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