Thursday, December 14, 2006

Update on Senator Tim Johnson

Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) is in critical, but stable condition at George Washington University Hospital after undergoing brain surgery for an "…intracerebral bleed caused by a congenital arteriovenous malformation."

"Subsequent to his admission to George Washington University Hospital yesterday, Senator Tim Johnson was found to have had an intracerebral bleed caused by a congenital arteriovenous malformation," said Adm. John Eisold, attending physician of the United States Capitol. "He underwent successful surgery to evacuate the blood and stabilize the malformation. The Senator is recovering without complication in the critical care unit at George Washington University Hospital."

"It is premature to determine whether further surgery will be required or to assess any long term prognosis," said Eisold.

“The Johnson family is encouraged and optimistic," said the Senator's wife, Barbara Johnson, in a statement. "They are grateful for the prayers and good wishes of friends, supporters and South Dakotans. They are especially grateful for the work of the doctors and all medical personnel and GWU hospital.”

Meanwhile, incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) issued a statement saying “Senator Johnson is a dear friend to me and to all of us here in the Senate. Every member of the United States Senate sends our best to him and to his family at this difficult time, and we wish him a full recovery.”