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Biden’s Son, Delaware Official, Stable After Stroke

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Joseph "Beau" Biden, attorney general of Delaware, listens during a Convention in Denver. Photographer: Keith Bedford/Bloomberg

May 12 (Bloomberg) -- Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s son and the Delaware attorney general, remains hospitalized in Philadelphia after suffering what a doctor described as “a mild stroke.”

Beau Biden, 41, was in “stable condition, alert, with full motor and speech skills” and is expected to recover, a statement yesterday from the vice president’s office said.

Before hosting a dinner in honor of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the vice president responded to a reporter’s question about his son, saying “he’s doing great, thank God.”

His son’s good prognosis made this the “best day” of his life, the vice president said. “They’re going to make him rest probably four weeks -- good luck getting him to do that,” he said.

Beau Biden will “continue to follow standard protocol and receive medical therapy over the coming days,” according to a statement from the Delaware Department of Justice. “He looks forward to returning to his duties as attorney general in the near future.”

Biden was admitted to Christiana Care Health System hospital in Newark, Delaware, yesterday morning and he was transferred later in the day to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia for “further observation and examination.” The hospital is the region’s only one with a facility dedicated to neuroscience, according to its website.

‘Complete Recovery’

Timothy Gardner, medical director of the Center for Heath and Vascular Surgery at the Delaware hospital, said in a statement that Biden was “in good spirits and talking with his family at the hospital.”

“We expect him to make a complete recovery,” Gardner said.

The younger Biden is a captain in the Delaware Army National Guard’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps and served a 12-month tour in Iraq that ended in October 2009.

Beau Biden said in January that he wouldn’t seek the Senate seat formerly held by his father this year and instead would run for re-election as state attorney general, a job he’s held since 2007.

The vice president and his wife, Jill Biden, were staying in Philadelphia this morning to be with their son, a statement from his office said. The vice president scrapped his scheduled return to Washington from Delaware yesterday for a lunch with President Barack Obama and meetings on Afghanistan.

Cranial Aneurysms

Joe Biden, 67, suffered two cranial aneurysms more than 20 years ago. Following surgery in 1988, he didn’t attend Senate sessions for seven months. The elder Biden has talked about the experience in discussions about the Obama administration’s efforts to overhaul the health-care system.

Beau Biden survived a 1972 car crash that killed his mother and 1-year-old sister. He and his brother Hunter were seriously injured in the collision, which occurred just weeks after Joe Biden was elected to the U.S. Senate.

At the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Beau Biden recalled that one of his earliest memories was “my dad always at our side.”

“We, my brother and I, not the Senate, were all that he cared about,” Beau Biden said. His father was sworn in at the hospital.

To contact the reporters on this story: Edwin Chen in Washington at echen32@bloomberg.net; Nicholas Johnston in Washington at njohnston3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Tackett at mtackett@bloomberg.net

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