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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Joan Kennedy hospitalized after being found on street

You would think that someone would be looking out for her. Someone in her family. This is sad. Where were her people?!
USA Today

BOSTON (AP) — Joan Kennedy, the former wife of Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, is in the hospital recuperating from a concussion and a broken shoulder after a passer-by found her lying in a street, according to her son.

Kennedy, 68, was taken to Tufts New England Medical Center about 3 a.m. Tuesday, said Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I.

"We're indebted to some anonymous pedestrian who found her and picked her up and got her help," Patrick Kennedy told the Boston Herald for its Wednesday editions.

Details of exactly what happened and how she ended up in the street were unclear. There was no police report on the incident. Joan Kennedy, who divides her time between Cape Cod and a Boston condominium, has struggled with alcoholism. She spent time in a number of rehabilitation programs following arrests for drunken driving.

The senator said Wednesday that he's proud of his children for their loyalty to his ex-wife.

"This has been a sad time," he said. "We're hoping for the best."

The couple had three children together — Kara Kennedy Allen, 45, Edward Kennedy, Jr., 44, and Patrick Kennedy, 37 — before divorcing in 1982.

The children recently took temporary guardianship of their mother to ensure she receives treatment for her alcoholism. Patrick Kennedy is seeking to become her permanent legal guardian.

Joan Kennedy worked as an advocate for the mentally retarded and for cancer research and was a supporter of the Pine Street Inn, a Boston-based homeless shelter, and Children's Hospital.

What I do is kick them in the pants with a diamond buckled shoe!
~~Aileen Mehle~~

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