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Commissioner continues recovery from illness

The Rev. Johnnie C. Robinson is back home in Phenix City again, continuing his recovery from ailments that have hospitalized him since late October.

Robinson, the pastor and founder of Higher Power Outreach Church and the House of Restoration and Russell County's 4th District commissioner, arrived at the Regional Rehabilitation Hospital on U.S. 280/431 on Thursday.

Robinson has been in an Augusta, Ga., rehabilitation hospital for the last few weeks as he returns to health after suffering a burst appendix and, later, an embolism.

"I'm feeling real good. It's been an ordeal, three months now," said Robinson Friday. "I'm coming around. I'm finishing up physical therapy right now."

The 52-year-old retired Army master sergeant was first hospitalized on Oct. 23 after suffering the burst appendix and damage to his small intestine. Robinson had surgery to repair the damage, where a portion of his intestine was removed.

Initially hospitalized at Fort Benning's Martin Army Community Hospital, he was transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

After recovering enough to return to Martin and apparently nearing release, Robinson suffered an embolism and was transferred to Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon near Augusta.

Robinson was later transferred to a rehabilitation hospital in Augusta before returning to Phenix City this week.

The pastor expressed thanks for the prayers on his behalf during his illness. "I've had people from all over come by and pray for me," Robinson said. "I appreciate all of them."

There is no word when the commissioner will return to his duties on the commission, Higher Power or the House of Restoration where he is the chief executive officer.

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