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Obama coming to Hawaii to visit ailing grandmother

Barack Obama in 1979 with grandparents Madelyn and Stanley Dunham Barack Obama in 1979 with grandparents Madelyn and Stanley Dunham
Sen. Barack Obama Sen. Barack Obama

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (KHNL) - Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs announced that the senator will head to Hawaii Thursday to see his 86-year-old grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who is seriously ill.

She was released from the hospital last week and is at her home on Oahu. Obama plans to return to the campaign on Saturday.

His Thursday events in Madison, WI and Des Moines, IA have been cancelled. However, he will do an event in Indianapolis Thursday morning before leaving.  It is unclear whether surrogates will cover events already scheduled for Friday.

In a statement Gibbs said: "Senator Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has always been one of the most important people in his life. Along with his mother and his grandfather, she raised him in Hawaii from the time he was born until the moment he left for college. As he said at the Democratic Convention, she poured everything she had into him.

"Recently, his grandmother has become ill, and in the last few weeks, her health has deteriorated to the point where her situation is very serious. It is for that reason that Senator Obama has decided to change his schedule on Thursday and Friday so that he can see her and spend some time with her. He will be returning to the campaign trail on Saturday."

When asked why they are having the Indiana event Gibbs said they were shifting states around and a visit back to Indiana had always been planned -- essentially they were trying to figure out what they could do before he left.

Gibbs would not disclose her medical condition.

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