Beau Biden headed back home

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 11:00pm

 Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, announced Thursday he's traveling back to Delaware after successfully undergoing a procedure and medical evaluations in Houston.

"On our way home! Can't wait to get back. Thank you, Houston," he tweeted.

The Delaware attorney general is in "great shape," the White House said Wednesday. He was being evaluated at the University of Texas MD Anderson medical center, a world renowned cancer treatment hospital, after feeling weak and disoriented on a family vacation last week.

Neither the vice president's office nor representatives for Beau Biden have specified what procedure he underwent on Tuesday, or have relayed a doctor's diagnosis.

A statement from the vice president and second lady Jill Biden on Wednesday said Beau Biden would be discharged on Thursday and go home to Delaware, where he'll follow up with local doctors.

A separate statement from the Delaware Department of Justice noted Attorney General Biden had discussed state matters with colleagues Wednesday.

The vice president traveled to Houston with his son and canceled scheduled events to stay by his side.

Biden was scheduled to attend a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee and an event at Salve Regina University both in Rhode Island as well as a fundraising event in Maine for New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan.

The White House confirmed Thursday that the vice president will still attend an event on Friday with the president in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where Biden was born and spent part of his childhood.

The incident that prompted the hospital visit happened August 14 while Biden was on vacation. He began to feel "weak and disoriented following a long drive to Indiana," the Delaware Department of Justice wrote in a statement.

Initially admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Biden traveled the next morning to the Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia to speak with his doctor.

The statement said Biden was discharged and spent the weekend at his home in Wilmington, Delaware.

In 2010, the younger Biden suffered what doctors said was a mild stroke. His speech and motor skills were not affected.

Biden, 44, was elected as Delaware attorney general in 2006. He served in Iraq for one year as a captain with the Delaware Army National Guard. Biden acted as a prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia from 1997 to 2002.

He and his wife, Hallie, have two children.


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