Vice President Biden’s son, Beau, Undergoing Treatment at Delaware Hospital

May 11, 2010 10:52am

ABC News' Karen Travers and Jake Tapper report:

Vice President Biden's son Beau is undergoing treatment at a Delaware hospital, according to a statement from the vice president’s office.

A source close to the family tells ABC News that Beau had some discomfort this morning and a headache so he went to the doctors to get checked out. He's at Christiana Hospital and doctors are examining him trying to determine what, if anything, may be wrong.

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

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

Beau was scheduled to speak tonight on the topic “My Life in Public Service” during a presentation at the University of Delaware, but the university groups sponsoring the event have been informed that he has cancelled.

Beau is currently Delaware’s attorney general. He 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.”

Vice President Biden did a round of television interviews from Wilmington this morning. He was at the White House on Monday morning for meetings with senior advisors and was scheduled to travel to his home state later in the day.

-Karen Travers and Jake Tapper

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