October 31, 2005

Eunice Kennedy Shriver hospitalized after stroke

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister
of President John F. Kennedy and founder of the Special
Olympics, has been hospitalized at the UCLA Medical Center
after suffering a minor stroke, the hospital said on Monday.

Shriver, 84, entered the hospital on Saturday, and also is
being treated for a stress fracture of the left hip.

"Doctors anticipate a short hospital stay," UCLA Medical
Center said in a statement.

A hospital spokesman declined further comment.

Shriver is the mother of California's first lady, Maria
Shriver, the wife of Robert Sargent Shriver, the first director
of the U.S. Peace Corps, and the sister of Sen. Ted Kennedy, a
Massachusetts Democrat.

She founded the Special Olympics, which seeks to empower
people with intellectual disabilities to develop their skills
through sports training and competition. More than 1.3 million
children and adults with intellectual disabilities participate
in Special Olympics in 150 countries around the world,
according to the Special Olympics Web site.

Shriver is one of nine children of Joseph Kennedy and a
member of the Kennedy political dynasty. Her husband was a U.S.
ambassador to France in the late 1960s and ran for vice
president in 1972 with presidential candidate George McGovern.

The pair have five children including Maria Shriver, the
television journalist who married actor-turned-California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger.

A lifelong Democrat, Shriver supported Republican
Schwarzenegger in his bid for the governor's seat.

She is a well-known social activist who has worked to
improve the lives of the mentally disabled. In 1984, she was
awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald