Lyndon Johnson, ill with possible Gullain-Barre Syndrome

April 17, 3:58 PMAtlanta News You Can Use ExaminerPatricia Walston

Luci Baines Johnson was flown from Texas to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota Friday. Georgians all across the state will be thinking of Luci, and particularly here in suburban Atlanta, as they say prayers for her quick diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

She was apparently in good health when she began experiencing weakness in her limbs on Wednesday. She was admitted to a hospital in Austin; but flew on an emergency medical charter to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. on Friday.

There is little information other than they suspect the autoimmune disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome, that affects the nervous system. This malady can present from many different aspects. One of the side effects from Gardasil, the drug given to young women to prevent cervical cancer, and the H1N1 flu vaccination has been associated with this illness.  This can be life threatening and it can also cause crippling.  Pray that neither of these will be an issue for Luci.  Many older people here in Atlanta remember her fondly when she and her sister were “First Daughters” in the White House.

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Luci Johnson’s husband and her sister, Lynda Johnson Robb, are among the relatives with her at the hospital.

Bio of her father former President Lyndon Johnson. He was America’s 36th President and took office after the assassination of President John Kennedy.

Bio of her mother Lady Bird Johnson

Information on Guillain-Barre syndrome   flv=1

A short bio on two unique first daughters of the Johnsons

Photo of Luci was made in the China Room at the White House in 1966

Georgia State Sen. Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale) has been hospitalized at Emory since March with a neuromuscular ailment which is closely related to Guillain-Barre syndrome. She has been released from the ICU but still remains in hospital.

Guillain-Barre syndrome is among the many medical conditions treated at Emory



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.