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Senator Reid: Sen. Johnson, Looked `Good, Fine’ In Friday Visit December 16, 2006

Posted by notapundit in Congress, US News.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, making a widely watched recovery from brain surgery, looked “good, fine” on Friday, his party’s Senate leader said after visiting the hospital.

Family and colleagues have been encouraged by his progress, yet doctors said it was too early to say whether further surgery would be required.

Johnson suffered a brain hemorrhage Wednesday that was caused by a rare and sometimes fatal condition. His illness came just weeks before Democrats are to take control of the Senate by a one-seat margin.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who is to become majority leader when the new Senate convenes Jan. 4, has visited Johnson at the hospital each day. After stopping by for about a half hour Friday morning, Reid told reporters that Johnson looked good, but declined to say more about his condition.

Johnson was in critical condition at George Washington University Hospital but was described as recovering on Thursday. The South Dakota lawmaker, 59, was on “an uncomplicated postoperative course,” the U.S. Capitol physician said after visiting him Thursday afternoon.

“He has been appropriately responsive to both word and touch. No further surgical intervention has been required,” said the physician, Adm. John Eisold.

Johnson was responding to the voice of his wife, Barbara, and following directions after the surgery, the senator’s office said in a statement.

“He was reaching for and holding her hand,” the statement read.

The family “is encouraged and optimistic,” Barbara Johnson said. The senator’s two sons, Brooks and Brendan, live out of town but flew in to be with their father. Johnson’s daughter Kelsey lives in Washington.

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