Baxley's Stroke Affected Left Side

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A spokesman for UAB Hospital says Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley is expected to make a full recovery
from a mild stroke that affected her left side.

John Hamm, Baxley's chief of staff, said she was evaluated Monday for rehabilitation on her left arm and leg. Hamm also said Baxley's speech was slightly affected.

No release date has been set for Alabama's first female lieutenant governor, but Hamm said Baxley is working from her hospital bed, going through her scheduling calendar and giving directions by phone to her staff in Montgomery.

The 68-year-old Baxley became ill last Wednesday night while visiting family in Birmingham and she was admitted to the hospital early Thanksgiving day.

Baxley, a Democrat, lost the governor's race to Republican incumbent Bob Riley. Her four-year term as lieutenant governor ends in January. One of her last duties as lieutenant governor will be to open the organizational session of the new state Senate on January ninth.

If she is not able to preside, the Senate's top staff person, Secretary of the Senate McDowell Lee, said he would preside until the new Senate elects a president pro tem.

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