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Ailing Sen. Johnson returns to his home in Washington

Ailing Sen. Johnson returns to his home in Washington

U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson has returned to his residence outside Washington, more than four months after he suffered a brain hemorrhage, his office said Monday.
Johnson was stricken a month after November elections that gave the Democrats a one-seat majority in the Senate, and his ailment raised the possibility that, were he to be incapacitated, South Dakota's Republican governor would appoint a Republican successor and return the Senate to Republican control.
Johnson, 60, is up for re-election in 2008. He has not said whether he will run, but several of his Senate colleagues have been helping him raise money for the election.
"It is wonderful to take this next step with family and friends," Johnson's office quoted the Democrat as saying. "As I continue with my therapy, I also get more and more work from the office."
Johnson since February has been receiving treatment at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington. The attending physician at the hospital, Dr. Michael Yochelson, said Johnson continues to show significant progress, with gait training playing a more central role in his rehabilitation.
Johnson was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation, or AVM, a condition that causes the arteries and veins to grow abnormally large, become tangled and sometimes burst.


Updated : 2021-07-27 08:32 GMT+08:00