Kennedy back in Congress for first time since cancer diagnosis
Veteran US Senator Ted Kennedy received a standing ovation Wednesday as he returned to Congress for the first time since being hospitalized and undergoing successful surgery on a malignant brain tumour.
Kennedy, the last surviving brother of slain president John F Kennedy, made his way back to Washington for a crucial Senate vote on health care, one of his signature issues over more than four decades of representing Massachusetts in the legislative chamber, the dpa reported.
Kennedy, 76, was hospitalized and diagnosed with a glioma, a cancerous tumour of the brain, after suffering a seizure in mid May. He underwent surgery soon after and has been recuperating in his home state of Massachusetts.
One of the leading left-wing voices in the Democratic Party and an early supporter of presidential nominee Barack Obama, Kennedy is the third-longest serving senator in US history and is considered one of Congress' most effective-ever legislators.