Physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital have determined that seizure-like symptoms suffered by Teresa Heinz Kerry were not caused by a heart attack, stroke, or brain tumor, according to a statement released Tuesday by the office of Secretary of State John F. Kerry.
Heinz Kerry, a leading philanthropist and wife of the former Massachusetts senator, remains in fair condition at Mass. General, the statement from Kerry spokesman Glen Johnson said. She “continues to improve,” Johnson said.
“As evaluations continue,” the statement said, “[Heinz Kerry], Secretary of State John Kerry, and their family are deeply grateful that physicians have ruled out a variety of possible triggers or other ailments, including heart attack, stroke, or a brain tumor.”
The 74-year-old Heinz Kerry was stricken with symptoms Sunday while vacationing with her husband on Nantucket. Initially, she was taken to Nantucket Cottage Hospital, where she was stabilized before being transported via private plane to the Boston teaching hospital.
“The family does not anticipate making any further statements until Mrs. Heinz Kerry is discharged from the hospital,” the statement said.
The secretary of state was expected to travel to Washington Tuesday for long-planned meetings on US-China relations. Other relatives of Heinz Kerry were expected to remain at the hospital.
In the statement, the family expressed its gratitude for the myriad expressions of support Heinz Kerry and her family had received.
“The well-wishes have been humbling and overwhelming, including tweets and Facebook postings; flower arrangements and offers of food; and messages of comfort from other MGH patients, former staff, Senate and House colleagues, and members of the executive branch, as well as many dear and longtime friends and the secretary’s 2004 presidential campaign team,” the statement said.
“The family has also been touched by messages and phone calls from leaders in foreign governments who know and have worked with the secretary and Mrs. Heinz Kerry.”