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MTI student, Johnson share medical experience

Brett Doty, of Wagner and second-year agriculture technology student at MTI, talks with a reporter after meeting with Sen. Tim Johnson, foreground, at the MTI’s Trades Center Thursday afternoon in Mitchell. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

Brett Doty has often thought about meeting U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson.

On Jan. 20, 2012, Doty, a 21-year-old Wagner native and student at Mitchell Technical Institute, suffered a brain hemorrhage caused by arteriovenous malformation, or AVM, a condition that causes abnormal connections between arteries and veins.

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Johnson, D-S.D., suffered a similar brain hemorrhage in 2006 also caused by AVM. The two men spoke Thursday during Johnson’s visit to MTI’s new Trades Center.

“This young man is getting along fine,” Johnson said. “He has a great future in store for him.”

Doty spent more than 10 weeks recovering from AVM at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

“I was completely paralyzed on my left side,” Doty said. “I’ve got almost all of it back.

“I always wanted to meet him because I knew he had the same thing as I did.”

Johnson, 67, is still hampered by the lingering effects of the incident. He has limited mobility and occasionally has difficulty speaking. As Johnson toured MTI’s Trades Center on Thursday, he did so aboard a motorized scooter.