Friday, December 15, 2006

Good, Good.

Sounds like there's a good chance Johnson's going to be okay:

The attending physician of the Capitol, Adm. John F. Eisold, who examined Mr. Johnson before he was sent to the hospital Wednesday, said the bleeding was caused by a rare tangling of the blood vessels in the brain, known as a congenital arteriovenous malformation, that physicians say often goes undetected. The operation successfully drained the blood and stabilized the problem, Admiral Eisold said in a statement released by Mr. Johnson’s office.

“He has been appropriately responsive to both word and touch,” Admiral Eisold said. “No further surgical intervention has been required.”

(...)

Doctors who specialize in the condition said that in the overwhelming majority of cases the bleeding does not cause long-term damage, particularly for someone who showed the symptoms Mr. Johnson did. But they said the outcome might not be known for weeks or months.

(...)

Specialists in the condition, while emphasizing that they did not know the specifics of Mr. Johnson’s case, varied in their assessment of the likely damage. Dr. Mohr said that what had been reported — that Mr. Johnson could still hold the phone and walk — “suggests to me that the brain was not totally destroyed.” [That's, um... encouraging?] Very likely, he said, doctors discovered blood that had leaked in the ventricles, which could be removed “with very little damage to the adjacent brain.”

“He was able to get up and walk around and report to a local hospital,” Dr. Mohr said. “These are the things that could make for a favorable result.”

Huzzah!

5 comments:

Sanjay said...

I am sure the nuts at faux news are disappointed! I am happy for the senator too.

Eli said...

Probably. And the real rabid right- wing nuts like Coulter, definitely - you know, the ones who wish al Qaeda would hit the UN or NYT.

Kai said...

Hey Eli, I just saw in your profile that you like "Hudsucker Proxy" -- one of my favs, and utterly unheralded. How good is Paul Newman in that role as absurdist-capitalist? And Jennifer Jason Leigh's hand-waving ("an invention that brought people together, even if it kept them spatially apart"). Not to mention Tim Robbins (the Munci dance). Not to mention The Scientist ("operates according to the same principle that prevents you from flying off into space where you would die a miserable death"). Good stuff. Okay sorry for OT. Cheers.

Eli said...

Yeah, I never understood why Hudsucker never won any sort of acclaim - maybe it was just *too* surreal.

Try watching it as a triple feature with The Front Page and Mr. Deeds Goes To Town sometime...

Eli said...

("You know - for kids!")