Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

Keeping a close eye on developments in the 2008 U.S. Senate races

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Recover Quickly, Senator Johnson

By now, most of you have heard about Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) having "stroke-like symptoms" and being brought to the hospital. Instead of worrying about any possible political implications, let's just hope he recovers quickly, for his family and his constituents.

UPDATE (7:45pm): The Associated Press is reporting that Senator Johnson "did not suffer a stroke or heart attack." Obviously, details are still unfolding.

UPDATE II (10:14am 12/14): USA Today is reporting:

Update at 9:01 a.m. ET: CNN is reporting that Johnson was diagnosed with "congenital arteriovenous malformation," an inherited condition that caused bleeding in his brain. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the network's resident medical expert, said the senator could be in for a lengthy recovery given the likely location of the bleeding.

Update at 9:30 a.m. ET: The U.S. Capitol physician told AP the surgery, in which doctors stopped the bleeding and untangled abnormally large blood vessels in Johnson's brain, was successful.

"The senator is recovering without complication," Adm. John Eisold said. "It is premature to determine whether further surgery will be required or to assess any long-term prognosis."
"Recovering without complication" are three very good words to hear. Not out of the woods, but on the right track. Let's all hope for a rapid recovery as news of his condition continues to come out.


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