Get well Chief Justice
WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts told President Bush Tuesday he was doing well after sustaining a seizure at his Maine vacation home, the White House said.I have more than a passing familiarity. When young I suffered seizures and was placed on phenobarbital and dilantin for them. The seizures stopped by the time I was 10 or so, and with the exception of a blackout spell in 1989(probably due to stress), I've had no history since.
Bush called Roberts Tuesday morning.
"The chief justice assured him that he was doing fine," White House press secretary Tony Snow said. "The president was reassured."
Doctors who examined Roberts after his seizure said they found no tumor, stroke or any other explanation for the episode.
Roberts, 52, had a similar, unexplained attack in 1993.
By definition, someone who has had more than one seizure without any other cause is determined to have epilepsy, said Dr. Marc Schlosberg, a Washington Hospital Center neurologist who is not involved in the Roberts case.
Whether Roberts will need anti-seizure medications to prevent another is something he and his doctor will have to decide. But after two seizures, the likelihood of another at some point is greater than 60 percent.
Epilepsy is merely a term for a seizure disorder, but it is a loaded term because it makes people think of lots of seizures, cautioned Dr. Edward Mkrdichian, a neurosurgeon at the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch.
The incident occurred around 2 p.m. on a dock near Roberts' summer home in Port Clyde on Maine's Hupper Island. He had just gotten off a boat and was returning home after running errands, Arberg said. Port Clyde, which is part of the town of St. George, is about 90 miles by car northeast of Portland, midway up the coast of Maine.
Roberts was taken by private boat to the mainland and then transferred to an ambulance, St. George Fire Chief Tim Polky said.
Named to the court by Bush in 2005, Roberts is the youngest justice on a court in which the senior member, John Paul Stevens, is 87.
Roberts is the father of two young children.
Larry Robbins, a Washington attorney who worked with Roberts at the Justice Department in 1993, said he drove Roberts to work for several months after Roberts' seizure that year. Robbins said Roberts never mentioned what the problem was and he never heard of it happening again.
Right now The doctors are certain to be working hard in order to diagnose exactly what's wrong with the Chief Justice. I wish them good luck and to the CJ and his family. That adorable son of yours will be wanting his father healthy again.
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