Teresa Heinz Kerry tells paper of seizure recovery

Sen. John Kerry and wife Teresa Heinz Kerry attend the United Nations Foundation Annual Leadership Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

October 28, 2013 5:37:27 AM PDT
Teresa Heinz Kerry says she's made a "miraculous" recovery from seizures in July that her doctors believe are the residual effects of a concussion she suffered in 2009.

Kerry spoke to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette when she returned to Pittsburgh on Friday for board meetings at the Heinz Endowments, the family's $1.4 billion charitable foundation. The newspaper reported her remarks in Monday's editions.

Kerry says the July 7 seizure at her family home on Nantucket wasn't related to her past treatments for breast cancer, but is the result of her brain continuing to repair itself after the concussion. Kerry says doctors told her that new circuits formed by the brain during such healing can become over loaded and cause seizures.

Kerry says she's having physical therapy three times a week and doing brain "exercises."