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President's Father's Condition Remains Serious

Dec. 21, 1961 - Doctors held out slightly more hope today for Joseph P. Kennedy (pictured with the President in March), although his condition remained serious. The President’s father, who is unable to speak or to take food by mouth, is being fed intravenously. A thrombosis, or cerebral occlusion, blocking the flow of blood, occurred in the middle part of the brain. Because of the location of the clot, relief by surgery was ruled out and physicians hope to thin it out by medication. Sources close to the family said today that the President’s father had had several warnings over the last few months of the possibility of a stroke. His doctors were said to have recommended anti-coagulants, but he refused to take them.

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