Ambulances Dispatched to Sen. Byrd’s House After Apparent Fall

Both CNN and the Politico are reporting that Sen. Robert Byrd suffered a fall that required medical attention:

Ambulances and fire trucks were dispatched to the Northern Virginia home of Sen. Robert Byrd Tuesday morning.

A neighbor of the 91-year-old West Virginia Democrat said several ambulances were outside his residence in McLean, Va., and a Byrd spokesman said the senator suffered a fall in his home.

Update: From NPR:

A spokesman for the senator is quoted as saying:

Byrd apparently stood up too fast this morning in his home and fell down. To err on the side of caution his caregiver called an ambulance. He was taken to the hospital where he is currently being checked out. At this point in time there is no indication that he will be admitted.

NPR’s David Welna points out that Byrd failed to deliver his annual Constitution Day floor speech last Thursday. He adds, "I think the last time he spoke on the floor was when he delivered a tearful eulogy to Ted Kennedy."

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