According to one of his doctors, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., is “recovering as expected from brain surgery and his brain pressures continue to be in the normal range,” though he remains in critical condition. Johnson’s sudden illness last week raised the possibility of a Republican takeover of the Senate.


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson (news, bio, voting record) remains in critical condition and is being kept sedated to aid his recovery from brain surgery last week, according to doctors statements released by his office on Thursday.

“Sen. Tim Johnson is recovering as expected from brain surgery and his brain pressures continue to be in the normal range,” said Dr. Anthony Caputy of the George Washington University Hospital department of neurosurgery.

“Sen. Johnson is sedated to allow his systems to rest and recover from the hemorrhage and we anticipate no further tests or procedures in the near future,” said neurosurgeon Vivek Deshmukh. “This is expected to continue through the holidays.”

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