Grigsby improving after stay in intensive care

    State Rep. Tamara Grigsby has been moved out of intensive care and is communicating with doctors and family members, her legislative office announced.
    Her office said doctors continue to administer tests and that her liver and kidneys "have been potentially compromised." But spokesman Kevin Benish said doctors saw no signs of brain damage and are "very encouraged." He added that Grigsby is breathing on her own and has eaten a full meal.
    "This is actually phenomenal progress in the past week," Benish said.
    Grigsby, D-Milwaukee, was in critical condition late last month after a sudden decline in her health; she has been battling cancer since early in 2011, though her office said doctors couldn’t say what led to her hospitalization.
    Upon hearing Grigsby was intensive care, Milwaukee area officials offered praise and encouraging words to the legislator who was first elected to the Assembly in 2004 and is one of four Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee.
    Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, called Grigsby one of her “closest colleagues  and dearest confidants.”
    “[She] faces a serious time of trial in her life, one which I know she will give the same fight she gives for the people of this state,” Taylor said.
    And U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, called Grigsby "a very dear friend and a strong and dedicated advocate for the people of Wisconsin."
    Thoughts also came from across the aisle as Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and other Republicans sent along their wishes for her recovery.
    “I’m confident she’s battling her illness with the same passion and determination that she brings to the Legislature and the Joint Committee on Finance,” Vos said

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