TODAY   |  July 08, 2013

Teresa Heinz Kerry rushed to hospital

The wife of secretary of state John Kerry was rushed to a hospital on Nantucket in critical condition and was transferred to a hospital in Boston. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.

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>>> theresa hines kerry , wife of secretary of state john kerry is in critical condition at a boston hospital this morning. nbc's andrea mitchell has details on that. andrea, good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning, matt. this morning, she does remain in that boston hospital. after being flown there from nantucket last night. the hospital there reported she was in critical but table condition when mrs. kerry was brought in by ambulance from the ker kerrys vacation home . she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 , leader on environmental causes and head of the heinz family foundation, named for her late husband, republican senator john heinz . he died in a plane rush en route to a subcommittee hearing in his home state of pennsylvania in 1991 . mrs. kerry has three adult sons from that marriage. she became known nationally, of course, as the sometimes outspoken wife of john kerry during his 2004 presidential campaign. a spokesman says the family is grateful for the outpouring of support it has received but asks for privacy at this time, offering no further details. john kerry was due in washington today to prepare for meetings here this week with chinese leaders. he was then expected to make his sixth trip to the middle east since taking office. but for now he remains at his wife's side in boston . matt?

>> andrea mitchell on this story. as always, thanks very much.