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Eunice Shriver recovers from hip surgery

Kennedy sibling expected to make 'full recovery'

Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Eunice Kennedy Shriver  

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Eunice Kennedy Shriver -- founder of the Special Olympics, sister of Sen. Edward Kennedy and the mother of broadcast journalist Maria Shriver-- is recovering from surgery for a fractured hip, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

"She came through it with flying colors. She's resting comfortably," said Kim Elliott, a spokeswoman for the congressional campaign of Maryland legislator Mark Shriver, her son.

The 81-year-old, wife of Sargent Shriver, fell in her Potomac, Maryland home Tuesday morning. She underwent surgery at Sibley Memorial Hospital Tuesday night.

"She's expected to make a full recovery," Elliott said. "She's a champion."

Elliott did not know when Shriver might be released.

Shriver is the fifth of nine children born to Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. In 1953 she married Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps and the Democratic Party's candidate for vice president in 1972. The two had five children, including Maria, who is married to actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

She founded the Special Olympics in 1968, in part because of her experience with her mentally handicapped sister, Rosemary. She also is executive vice president of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, which funds Catholic organizations and institutions for the mentally handicapped.

In 1981 she established the Community for Caring program, which works to curb teenage pregnancy.

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984. The NCAA this year presented her with its highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Award, which recognizes "a distinguished career of national significance and achievement."




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