In June 1964, a twin-engine plane carrying Kennedy crashed in western Massachusetts. The pilot and a Kennedy aide were killed. Kennedy survived, but a lung was punctured, a kidney bruised, his ribs fractured and three vertabrae broken. He was hospitalized nearly four months, and back injuries have pained him ever since.
At left, Kennedy at Baptist Hospital in Boston after being transferred from Northampton following the crash.
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