Ambulances and fire trucks “were dispatched to the Northern Virginia home of Sen. Robert Byrd Tuesday morning,” POLITICO reports.
The reason for the emergency call was unclear, but a neighbor of the 91-year-old West Virginia Democrat said several ambulances were outside his residence in McLean, Va.
An officer at the McLean Fire Department said that a unit was dispatched at 9:10 to the address where Byrd lives, but he declined to comment on the substance of the response.
Byrd – the longest-serving senator in the nation’s history – has been absent from the Senate for much of the year and has been in and out of the hospital battling various ailments.
An update per Glenn Thrush:
Jesse Jacobs, spokesman for Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) confirms reports that ambulances were disptached to the ailing 91-year-old senator’s DC residence early this morning.
“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.”
Update: Per Ken Rudin, a new statement from Senator Byrd’s office.
Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., has been admitted to the hospital and is expected to remain there for a few days. Byrd was taken to the hospital this morning as a precautionary measure following a fall at his home which was likely caused by standing up too quickly. While having no broken bones or bruises, upon examination, doctors found an elevated white-blood cell count which can be an early sign of an infection. Therefore, his doctors have determined that Byrd should remain in the hospital for antibiotic treatment and observation. Senator Byrd is in good spirits and expressed his disappointment that he was unable to join all his Senate colleagues this afternoon for the biennial Senate photo.