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Published April 20, 2010, 09:13 AM

Luci Baines Johnson Hospitalized in Rochester

The doctor for the youngest daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson says she continues to recover from a rare autoimmune disorder.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - The doctor for the youngest daughter of

former President Lyndon B. Johnson says she continues to recover

from a rare autoimmune disorder.

According to a statement from a family spokeswoman Monday, Luci

Baines Johnson's condition continues to improve.

She remains in St Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., where Mayo

Clinic doctors are treating her for Guillain-Barre (gee-YAHN'

bah-RAY') syndrome. The autoimmune disease attacks the nervous

system and cause paralysis.

However, Dr. Alejandro Rabinstein said Monday that Johnson's

case may be "less severe than usual."

The 62-year-old Johnson was flown to the clinic by air ambulance

Friday, accompanied by her Austin doctor, after she experienced

extreme muscular weakness. Dr. Dudley Youman says Johnson is

expected to make a full recovery, but she'll remain in intensive

care for a while before returning home for physical therapy.

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