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Secretary of State Kerry’s wife hospitalized in US

July 8, 2013

NANTUCKET, Massachusetts (AP) — Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, was in critical but stable condition in a hospital in Massachusetts.

Heinz Kerry, 74, was flown to a Boston hospital on Sunday night from a smaller hospital in Nantucket, a spokesman for Kerry said. The secretary of state was with her.

A spokesman for the Nantucket hospital said Heinz Kerry arrived in critical condition, and doctors were able to stabilize her. Neither the family nor hospital officials released any more details about her medical emergency or her condition Sunday night.

“The family is grateful for the outpouring of support it has received and aware of the interest in her condition, but they ask for privacy at this time,” the Kerry spokesman said

Heinz Kerry is the widow of former U.S. Senator John Heinz, heir to the Heinz ketchup fortune. She married John Kerry in 1995.

Doctors treated her for breast cancer in 2009.

John Kerry has been at their home since returning from a nearly two-week around-the-world diplomatic trip to the Mideast and Southeast Asia early July 3.

He originally had planned to return to Washington on Monday and then co-host with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew high-level strategic and economic talks with senior Chinese officials on Wednesday and Thursday.

Kerry had also spoken of his desire to make his sixth trip to Israel as secretary starting at the end of the week.

State Department officials said Kerry’s schedule may now change pending developments with his wife’s health.

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