Luci Baines Johnson Home and Improving

May 05, 2010

(AUSTIN, Texas) According to Dudley Youman, her longtime family physician, Luci Baines Johnson has returned to Austin from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where she was treated for Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS).

Dr. Youman said that while Johnson had acute symptoms, her illness has been considered “less severe than usual” and she is expected to make a full recovery.

Johnson and her husband, Ian Turpin, expressed their deepest gratitude to all the doctors, nurses and clergy at Seton Hospital and the Mayo Clinic for their extraordinary care for her body and her spirit, saying “They are the best; they gave their best to me and my family and I am eternally grateful.” But, Johnson added “no care has been more precious than the prayers of all my family and loved ones, some who I have adored for a lifetime and some who have graced my life only because of my parents’ service to our country.”

The Johnson/Turpin family wanted to also express their gratitude to the members of the press whose interest and kindness have made it possible for the family to hear from so many in these trying times, especially the irreplaceably encouraging and comforting words from those who have experienced GBS.

Release Date: April 19, 2010

Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President and Mrs. Johnson, Continues to Improve

Luci Baines Johnson, and Ian Turpin-as well as their children and grandchildren-have been touched by the outpouring of support during Luci's recovery, and they are extremely grateful for your heartfelt prayers and get-well wishes at this time.

The family kindly requests that flowers not be sent to Luci's room at Mayo Clinic.

According to Alejandro Rabinstein, M.D., her attending physician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Luci Baines Johnson’s condition continues to improve. She is being treated for Guillain-Barre syndrome; doctors reported yesterday that her case may be “less severe than usual.”

Johnson is hospitalized in intensive care at St. Marys (correct punctuation—no apostrophe) Hospital in Rochester, where she was admitted on Friday, April 16, 2010. She had gone to Seton Hospital in Austin on Wednesday, April 14, after experiencing extreme muscular weakness; after extensive testing, the decision to transport her to Mayo Clinic was made.

Johnson’s husband, Ian Turpin, her sister, Lynda Johnson Robb, and her children and grandchildren remain by her side.

Those who wish to send cards or letters to Luci may mail them to:
Ms. Luci Baines Johnson
LBJ Library
2313 Red River
Austin, TX 78705