Vice President Biden’s Son Beau Suffers ‘Mild Stroke,’ Complete Recovery Expected

May 11, 2010 3:56pm

ABC News' Karen Travers and Jake Tapper report:

Vice President Biden's son, Beau, this morning suffered a "mild stroke" but has full motor and speech skills and is expected to make a complete recovery, the White House said this afternoon.

Biden, who currently serves as Delaware’s attorney general, was admitted to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., after having some discomfort and a headache, according to a source close to the family. 

Dr. Timothy Gardner, Medical Director of the Center for Heart and Vascular Surgery at Christiana Care Health System, said doctors believe Beau suffered a mild stroke this morning.

“He is in good spirits and talking with his family at the hospital. He is fully alert, in stable condition and has full motor and speech skills,” Dr. Gardner said in a statement released by the White House. “We expect him to make a complete recovery."

Beau Biden is 41 years old. His father was age 45 when he underwent two brain surgeries on life-threatening aneurysms

A statement earlier this morning from the Vice President’s office said Beau was "alert and awake, and communicating with his parents and his wife, who are with him,” but did not indicate the specific reason for the treatment.

Vice President Biden did a round of television interviews from Wilmington this morning and did not return to Washington for a scheduled lunch with President Obama.  Biden was at the White House on Monday morning for meetings with senior advisors and traveled to his home state later in the day for a previously scheduled family event.

Beau served a year in Iraq as a captain in the Delaware Army National Guard's 261st Signal Brigade.

The vice president’s eldest son considered running for his father's Senate seat in Delaware this November but decided to focus on his job as Attorney General and his family, after his year in Iraq.

“My first responsibilities are here in Delaware,” he wrote in a letter to supporters in January after he made his decision. “I have a duty to fulfill as Attorney General – and the immediate need to focus on a case of great consequence. And that is what I must do. Therefore I cannot and will not run for the United States Senate in 2010. I will run for reelection as Attorney General.”

Beau Biden was scheduled to speak tonight on the topic “My Life in Public Service” during a presentation at the University of Delaware.

UPDATE:  Beau Biden will be transferred today to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia for “further observation and examination” according to a statement from the Vice President’s office.

Beau “remains in stable condition, alert, with full motor and speech skills,” the statement said.

“The entire Biden family offers its sincerest thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Christiana Care Health System who have provided tremendous care to Beau today.”

-Karen Travers and Jake Tapper

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