Teresa Heinz Kerry was discharged from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston Saturday, nearly three weeks after suffering a seizure at her home on Nantucket.
Heinz Kerry, 74, is expected to make a full recovery at home after some outpatient treatment, according to a statement from Glen Johnson, a spokesman for Secretary of State John Kerry.
“It was amazing, a miracle,” Heinz Kerry said in the statement. “They are the kindest people, who love what they do and do it superbly well.”
She has now resumed routine activities and will begin her civics work again following “a period of rest,” according to the statement.
Heinz Kerry was at the family’s vacation home July 7 when she had the seizure. She was taken by ambulance to Nantucket Cottage Hospital and transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where she was listed in critical but stable condition, aides to the secretary said at the time.
Kerry said Saturday he was grateful for the care his wife received in the past few weeks, from the emergency personnel who responded to their home to the doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital and finally the “caring attention of the group at Spaulding.”
“I’ve always known Massachusetts is blessed to have some of the greatest health care in the world, but we’ve just lived it, and are grateful to all,” Kerry said in the statement.
Heinz Kerry married Kerry in 1995, four years after her first husband, Republican Senator H. John Heinz III of Pennsylvania, died when a helicopter collided with a plane he was in.
Heinz Kerry, a leading philanthropist, has overcome serious health problems in the past. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2009 and underwent surgery and radiation treatments. She has publicly encouraged other women to get regular mammograms to help enable early detection of the disease.Javier Panzar can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Follow him on Twitter @jpanzar.