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Minneapolis Area Synod bishop recovering following brain surgery

Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson

Two aneurysms sent the Rev. Craig Johnson to the hospital

The Rev. Craig Johnson, Bishop of the Minn-eapolis Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), underwent surgery March 2 for repair of a brain aneurysm.
The procedure, completed at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, was successfully completed when three clips were inserted to seal the stressed blood vessel.
Physicians also identified a second aneurysm, but decided to postpone repairing it until Johnson had recovered from the first surgery.
The bishop was hospitalized on February 26, after participating in a meeting with members of a congregational call committee. He had complained about losing feeling in his legs, which prompted a member of the synod staff, who was accompanying him, to call for an ambulance. He was hospitalized a short time later.
While the general public was asked not to visit Johnson, he was visited in his hospital room by the Rev. Peter Rogness, Bishop of the St. Paul Area Synod and the Rev. Mark Hanson, presiding bishop of the ELCA.
Hanson had come to Minneapolis to assist members of the Minneapolis Area Synod staff as they made contingency plans for operating the bishop’s office.
The hospital established an Internet Web page on which medical updates were provided for the general public on a daily basis. Also provided was a guest book, into which messages from well-wishers could be entered. Within a week of his hospitalization, Bishop John-son received several hundred messages of support, some from overseas.
A service of prayer for healing was held on Johnson’s behalf three days after the surgery at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in southwest Minneapolis.
The bishop was released for further recovery at home on March 10.