August 9th, 2010
06:12 PM ET
12 years ago

Democratic senator hospitalized

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson was hospitalized Sunday in Sioux Falls, his office announced Monday."]

Washington (CNN) - South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson was hospitalized Sunday in Sioux Falls after what appears to have been a negative reaction to medication, his office announced Monday.

"The Senator is stable and doing well," Johnson's office said in a statement that noted his hospitalization was result of "a possible reaction to an antibiotic with a fever."

The 63-year-old Democrat, who was first elected in 1996, suffered a brain hemorrhage in December 2006 and did not return to the Senate until September of 2007. Dr. Scott Beckstrand, who is treating Johnson, said this hospitalization is not connected to the 2006 brain hemorrhage.

"Senator Johnson was admitted to Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center with a fever and is in stable condition. We are doing a full work-up to determine the cause but we suspect the cause could be a medical drug reaction, unrelated to the previous AVM," Beckstrand, Internal Medicine at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, said in the statement released by Johnson's office.

Johnson was easily re-elected to a third term in 2008.

"Trust me, I would rather be in Pierre today," Johnson said in the statement. "I'm glad to be back home in South Dakota and on the mend soon."

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. norma

    Get well soon Senator!

    August 9, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. the real ib

    Get well soon sir; don't like to see anyone having health problems even though I might disagree with you on issues effecting this country.

    August 9, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. D.

    We wish him well.

    August 9, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. a little sad

    Get well soon, Senator

    August 9, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. Keith in Austin

    Get well soon Senator!

    August 9, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    Our prayers are with you. Please take care and know that the country is thinking of you and your family.

    August 9, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. diridi

    get well soon, nation now needs Dems....okay...not thugs like GOP who made this nation like a wants to amend the nation's constitution....what a joke...

    August 9, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Get well soon Tim. You've been through a lot. Hope you make a speedy recovery.

    August 9, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |