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Tuesday, February 20th 2007

Senator Johnson Transfered To Rehab Facility

In December Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) suffered an intercerebral hemorrhage. He’s been in the hospital since then (note: strokes aren’t good things). Now he’s going to a private rehab facility and seems to be making decent progress.

Johnson will continue undergoing physical, occupational and speech therapy at the private facility. Dr. Philip Marion, the hospital’s chief of rehabilitation, said in a statement released by Johnson’s office that the senator has made “great progress” and a final test showed no evidence the tangled arteries that triggered the senator’s hemorrhage remain.

Part of Johnson’s therapy has been to deal with weakness on his right side. Doctors have said the senator showed that weakness when he arrived at the hospital in December.

Johnson’s office has said his recovery is expected to take several months, though he has been doing some work from his bed.

“He’s reading memos, but he still needs time for recovery,” Fisher said.