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Lady Bird Johnson's condition improves

Lady Bird Johnson suffered a stroke May 2 that affected her ability to speak and swallow.
Lady Bird Johnson suffered a stroke May 2 that affected her ability to speak and swallow.  


AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) -- Lady Bird Johnson has been upgraded from fair to good condition and moved from the intensive care unit to a regular hospital room at Seton Medical Center, her doctor said Thursday.

"I am quite pleased with Mrs. Johnson's progress in recovering from her stroke," said her neurologist, Dr. Marci Roy, in a statement posted on the hospital's Web site. "Her condition has improved considerably. She is receiving daily rehabilitation from both speech and physical therapists."

The widow of former president Lyndon Baines Johnson has been making daily progress in her speech and ability to swallow, Roy said.

No date has been set for her discharge.

"She's improving every day and we feel very blessed," said her daughter, Luci Baines Johnson. "The prayers and good wishes from so many, along with the extraordinary medical care she is receiving at Seton Medical Center have made all the difference."

Mrs. Johnson, 89, suffered a stroke May 2 that left her with difficulty speaking and swallowing.

Her battle against the stroke has been made more difficult 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," 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 be sent to the LBJ Library at 2313 Red River, Austin, Texas 78705.



 
 
 
 







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