BOSTON -- Doctors evaluating Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, reported improvement in her condition Monday, according to the State Department, but few details were being disclosed about her illness.
Heinz Kerry, 74, who is also heir to the Heinz ketchup fortune, was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Sunday after first being brought by ambulance to a hospital on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket, where the couple has a home and often spends time during the summer.
Heinz Kerry showed symptoms consistent with a seizure, said a person in close contact with the family who was not authorized to speak publicly about Heinz Kerry's condition and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Doctors upgraded Heinz Kerry's condition from critical to fair Monday after conducting tests and she was undergoing further evaluation, Glen Johnson, a spokesman for Kerry, said in a statement.
"The family is touched by the outpouring of well-wishes," Johnson added.
Kerry was at the hospital with his wife Monday and was undecided about his schedule for the immediate future, according to the State Department. He had been expected to participate in a U.S.-China strategic and economic dialogue in Washington this week and there had been discussion of his possibly going overseas later in the week in an ongoing effort to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Heinz Kerry and John Kerry married in 1995. She is the widow of former U.S. Sen. John Heinz, who was killed along with six others in 1991 when a helicopter collided with a plane over a schoolyard in Merion, Pa.
In 2009, Heinz Kerry was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent lumpectomies on both breasts.
"We are all praying that Teresa will recover quickly, she's an amazing person," said Philip Johnston, a former Massachusetts legislator and state Democratic party chair who has been friends with Kerry since the 1970s.