Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Secretary of the State John Kerry, was admitted to a Nantucket hospital Sunday afternoon in critical but stable condition, according to multiple reports. There aren't any details beyond that about her specific condition immediately available, though there are reports that Heinz Kerry might be or have been transferred to the larger Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
The Boston Globe, citing an unnamed source "close to the family," said the 74-year-old heiress to the Heinz ketchup fortune fell ill due to an "unspecified medical condition" at her vacation home on Sunday, where she was staying with her husband. She left by ambulance at around 4 p.m., and was admitted to the emergency room at Nantucket Cottage Hospital by 5:30 p.m. when Nantucket Cottage Hospital spokesperson Noah Brown spoke to the paper:
She was brought in, in critical but stable condition, and that is currently how ... her condition still remains...At this point, we are determining the next phase of her care, be that either in our facility on the island, or on the mainland.
While there's way too little information out there to speculate about Heinz Kerry's unspecified medical emergency, others have noted that she underwent surgery twice in 2009 due to stage one breast cancer, after an annual mammogram detected a lump. She's since become an advocate for the preventative mammogram procedure.
John Kerry just finished up a 2-week trip to the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and was supposed to return to Washington on Monday. He was also planning another trip to Israel for later this week, but it looks like both of those plans could change pending his wife's health, according to State Department officials cited by the AP.