Teresa Heinz Kerry (L), wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, talks with Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman during the International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony at the State Department March 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. In celebration of the 102nd International Women's Day, the State Department honored nine women from around the world with the International Women of Courage Award, including the 23-year-old Indian woman known only as 'Nirbhaya,' who died from injuries sh
NANTUCKET, Mass. (USA) -- Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, is in critical but stable condition in a Massachusetts hospital.
Heinz Kerry, 74, was admitted into the emergency room at Nantucket Cottage Hospital about 3:30 p.m.ET Sunday, said hospital spokesman Noah Brown.
Brown said Heinz Kerry came to the facility in critical condition, and remains that way, although she has been stabilized.
Heinz Kerry married then-Massachusetts senator John Kerry in 1995 on Nantucket, after meeting at an Earth Day rally five years earlier. They had been introduced by her first husband, John Heinz, a Pennsylvania senator and heir to the ketchup and condiment company. Heinz, a Republican, died in a helicopter crash in 1991.
Heinz Kerry was born in Mozambique to a doctor, learned to speak five languages and became an intrepreter for the United Nations. After her first husband's death, she became a philanthropist and backed numerous environmental causes through the Heinz family foundation.
During the 2004 presidential campaign, the outspoken Heinz Kerry was thrust into the spotlight as her husband ran for the Democratic nomination and became the party's standard bearer. She became a Democrat after the 2002 elections, to protest GOP attacks on Democratic Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia.
Heinz Kerry was known for speaking her mind, once telling an audience of Boston women that "you can talk to the simplest person about any issue," according to a New York Times profile.
Republicans raised Heinz Kerry's wealth, estimated by Forbes magazine in 2004 to be $750 million, as an issue in the presidential campaign. She had said she would dip into her personal fortune, if necessary, to help his candidacy.
In 2009, she was treated for breast cancer. The disease had been detected in her left breast after she had her annual mammogram. Heinz Kerry underwent lumpectomies in both breasts at a Washington hospital after a growth was also detected in her right breast.
John Kerry has been at the couple's Nantucket home since he returned from the Mideast and Southeast Asia on July 3. Before his wife's hospitalization, Kerry had been scheduled to return to Washington on Monday.