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Johnson family: Lady Bird's condition improving

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AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) -- Lady Bird Johnson is showing improvements daily with her "speech and swallowing" skills as she continues to recover from a light stroke suffered nearly two weeks ago, her family said Tuesday.

Mrs. Johnson, 89, the widow of former President Lyndon Johnson, remains in fair condition at the Seton Medical Center in Austin.

In a message on the hospital's Web site, the Johnson family said Mrs. Johnson's "speech and swallowing are improving daily ... both physicians and family members are encouraged." The message said no date has been set for her release from the medical center.

Mrs. Johnson was hospitalized on May 2 after suffering a "very small stroke" that left her unable to speak, and affected her ability to swallow. Her battle against the stroke has been worsened by her long-standing case of macular degeneration, which has caused her to lose her central vision. Unable to see well enough to read or write, "all she can do is nod yes or no and smile," her daughter Luci Baines Johnson said shortly after the hospitalization.

The Web site update said Mrs. Johnson cannot receive flowers at the hospital, and the family requests that cards and well wishes be sent to the LBJ Library at 2313 Red River, Austin, Texas 78705.




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